Third Annual Derry Radical Bookfair Returns in 2019

DRB-2019The third annual Radical Book Fair at Pilots Row Community Centre will return to the city once again in January.  A spokesperson on behalf of the book fair organising committee said that over the past several years the book fair has been in existence it has grown in size which has encouraged us to make the event an annual affair. “We are delighted to announce what will be the 3rd annual Derry Radical Bookfair which will take place in January 2109.  We have had regular requests and encouragement to continue the event which is now firmly part of the political calendar of the city.

“During the past couple of years the Radical Bookfair has played host to many participants from all across the island of Ireland as well as from England, Scotland and Wales which has been part of the Bloody Sunday week of events leading up to the annual Bloody Sunday March.

“We would like to extend a warm Derry welcome to all participants again to the Radical Bookfair who have different visions, ideas, practices and radical traditions. it is our view that this annual book fair will be used to present our support of small press publishers and independent booksellers and producers, circulating radical reading materials and information from independent distributors, non-party political campaigns and groups to share their publications and merchandise, which normally would be hard or impossible to find at mainstream bookshops.

“Books of local, national and international interests including social and labour history as well as themes covering radical feminism, queer liberation, anarchism, Marxism, republicanism and environmentalism.

“From the outset it is our view that Derry has a long and proud tradition of working-class radicalism which has influenced many historical events, standing out beyond most other cities that has both challenged and changed society around us for the better.

“At present, we are allocating stall space and as seen during past radical bookfairs, space is limited.

“If your bookstore, distribution or publishing collective would like to book a place at the radical bookfair then now is the time to confirm.

“We are currently getting ready to present what looks to be another amazing day of stalls, books, records, zines from independent booksellers, political and historical groups, local radical projects, small press and more.”

Find out more at https://derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/

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Continued Success for Derry Radical Bookfair

26994185_361302247677701_8380363333606457323_n.jpgOnce again city’s second annual Radical Bookfair was held over the weekend at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Derry.  Organisers estimated that attendance increased on last year as an estimated several hundred people passed through the doors of Rossville Street venue. A spokesperson for the Radical Bookfair Collective stated “We are really pleased at this years events, we have seen more bookstalls and discussions which in turn gives us an added boost of enthusiasm, to continue to build upon what we have achieved here and some of us are already looking towards next years bookfair.

27072755_361302564344336_5503400273343925470_n.jpg“We have been overwhelmed at todays events as it was great to witness so many people passing through the the hall, exploring the many different book stalls, engaging with other participants and stall holders, and of course picking up the odd gem or bargain.  Again we have had a diverse range of books on show with a great variety of independent publications for every type of interest, touching on many different political theories from socialism to republicanism, feminism to anarchism, queer or gender politics right through to a wide range of both local and national social and political history. It truly is an impressive display which in turn has attracted an equally diverse audience.

27072539_361302501011009_5335724310784956425_n.jpg“Speaking to the different stall holders throughout the day, everyone has enjoyed the experience, there has been a lot of networking and of course the trade itself.  It has been estimated that throughout the day, several hundred book lovers past through the main hall in Pilots Row.  The radical book fair concept is something which fully supports independent publishers and booksellers which is something we feel has to be encouraged.

“We have been happily surrounded by visitors as well as stall holders from as far away as Dublin and Cork, and of course those who travelled here especially for todays event from England, Scotland and Wales. All of who are great book lovers and lovers of politics. This years event has seen more bookstalls, talks and discussions which gives us great excitement and enthusiasm as we look towards planning for next years Radical Bookfair.”26993283_361302517677674_7501054477540099944_n.jpg

Radical Bookfair: an important event in the North West Calendar

16426149_10209189235102656_5768577678212117304_n.jpgThis coming Saturday 27th January, the city will host the 2nd annual radical bookfair at Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street. With a host of independent book publishers and distributors from across Ireland, Scotland and England along with several local booksellers will gather at the Bogside venue for the one day event.

A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said “The idea behind creating our own radical bookfair in Derry comes after years of successful bookfairs in a number of majors cities such as London and Dublin. The initial concept had grown out of the Anarchist Bookfairs in London back in the early 1980’s as part of an effort to provide
solidarity and support to both independent, radical booksellers and publishers at that time who helped produce and distribute very important  political texts relating to feminist, anarchist, queer, marxist and environmentalist thinking.

16426212_10209189235222659_8912681029502155512_n.jpg“Over the last number of decades that idea has spread to almost every major city around the world of which Derry will now also be included. The idea locally has spread to include local booksellers as well as local and international publishers and distributors which will look at many forms of radical ideas such as queer liberation, anarchism,
republicanism and marxism. There will be locally produced books and material relating to Irish politics and labour history, but just as equally as important is our vast wealth books chronicling our social history will be on display.”

Throughout the day there are a number of talks and book launches planned from ‘There Will be another day’ by local socialist republican and trade unionist Peadar O’Donnell, now republished by Red Sky Books of which local historian Dr. Emmet O’Connor will recount account O’Donnell’s activism locally.  On international prison struggle
members of Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) will discuss recent developments by fellow workers in the US, organising in solidarity with incarcerated workers fighting against prison expansion and the increased capitalist exploitation of prison labour, while  in ‘Fighting for language rights both sides of the Irish Sea’ Welsh and Irish language activists will facilitate a discussion on language struggles in an exchange of ideas and experiences.”

16195029_1407469419263423_907478362241651918_n.jpg“This is an amazing event for those of us across the Derry and the northwest to access some literature and books which are not normally found in the usual multinational bookshops on the high street. It will also be an opportunity for all types of independent book sellers and publishers to also network and create important links not normally
available locally.”
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Derry Radical Bookfair kicks off on Saturday 27th January from 12pm
until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville street.

DERRY RADICAL BOOKFAIR: AN IMPORTANT ANNUAL EVENT FOR NORTH WEST

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On Saturday 27th January, Pilots Row Community Centre will once again play host to the 2nd annual Derry Radical Bookfair in Rossville Street.

Organisers have confirmed that the Bogside venue will now host the largest ever number of independent radical press, book sellers, publishers and distributors from across country with participants travelling from as far as Scotland, England and Wales, including a number of local independent booksellers from across the north west for the one day event.

A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said “Following on from last years first radical bookfair we have had such an amazing response to continue on with such a successful event by making this happen annually for those of us across the northwest to access literature not normally found in the usual multinational bookshops. It will also be an opportunity for all types of independent book sellers and publishers a great chance to network and create important links in order to continue doing what they do best.

“The idea behind creating our own radical bookfair in Derry happened following years of successful bookfairs both in London and Dublin. The initial concept had grown out of the first ever Anarchist Bookfair in London back in the early 1980’s as part of an effort to provide solidarity and support to both independent, radical booksellers and publishers at that time who produced and distributed important and vital political texts relating to feminist, anarchist, queer, marxist and environmentalist thinking.

“Over the last number of decades that idea has spread to almost every major city around the world of which Derry will now also be included. The idea locally has spread to include local booksellers as well as local and international publishers and distributors looking to promote radical ideas such as queer liberation, anarchism, republicanism and marxism. Once again there will be locally produced books and material relating to Irish politics and labour history, not to mention our vast wealth books chronicling our own social history locally.”

Throughout the day there are a number of talks and book launches planned from ‘There Will be another day’ by local socialist republican and trade unionist Peadar O’Donnell, now republished by Red Sky Books of which local historian Dr. Emmet O’Connor will recount account O’Donnell’s activism locally.  On international prison struggle members of Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) will discuss recent developments by fellow workers in the US, organising in solidarity with incarcerated workers fighting against prison expansion and the increased capitalist exploitation of prison labour, while  in ‘Fighting for language rights both sides of the Irish Sea’ Welsh and Irish language activists will facilitate a discussion on language struggles in an exchange of ideas and experiences.”

Derry Radical Bookfair kicks off on Saturday 27th January from 12pm until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street.

For more details please visit our site: http://www.derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com

An troid ar son cearta teanga ar an dá thaobh den Mhuir Éireann

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An troid ar son cearta teanga ar an dá thaobh den Mhuir Éireann

“Sa cheardlann seo beidh baill Cymdeithas yr Iaith – gluaiseacht radacach teanga as an Bhreatain Bheag- i mbun plé ar streachailtí teanga i dtaca leis an Bhreatain Bheag is ag iarraidh taithí agus smaointe a mhalartú le Gaeil radacacha in Éirinn.”

Fighting for language rights both sides of the Irish Sea

“In this workshop members of Cymdeithas yr Iaith – a radical language rights movement in Wales – will be facilitating a discussion on language struggles in a Welsh context and also looking to campaigners in Ireland for an exchange of ideas and experiences.”

This event will take place during the book fair in the main hall at 3pm.

Accommodation at the Radical Bookfair

We have been replying to several people travelling to Derry for the Radical Bookfair who have now managed to book a place from the ‘Accommodation Links’ page below.

Leading up to the book fair  we did have a number of limited free spaces however they have all became fully booked or confirmed already.

Apologies, this is one of the busiest weeks in the political calendar in Derry due to the Bloody Sunday March for Justice events and as we know from last, the search for accommodation locally will get worse in the coming weeks.  If you require accommodation please chick out the list of places in the link below.

https://derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/accommodation-in-derry/

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Bloody Sunday March for Justice

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Derry Radical Bookfair will take place during one the city’s busiest weeks in the political calendar, the annual Bloody Sunday March for Justice week long series of events.  To view the full schedule of programmed events from films, exhibitions to discussions please visit the Bloody Sunday March for Justice website here.