Derry Radical Bookfair 2021

DRB2021In 2021 Derry will once again play host to our 5th annual Derry Radical Bookfair.  In spite of ongoing restrictions and social distancing brought on by the current Covid 19 pandemic organisers will be focusing their efforts to build and promote the event which forms part of the city’s political calendar in the heart of the Bogside.

Organisers of the Derry Radical Bookfair will once again host the country’s largest selection of independent radical press, book sellers, publishers and distributors from across Ireland with a number of participants taking part from Scotland, England and Wales.

A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said “It is difficult times for book traders and sellers both locally and globally due to the restrictions and conditions set out following the outbreak of the Coronavirus.  Those who traded at street level had to close and adapt a more online network in which they could sell.  Many small independent sellers will no doubt be considering if its possible to trade books again in the same way they have perviously while others will even be thinking of closing completely.  The year has been a terrible shock in many ways however we are planning and focusing our energies towards the next radical book fair in 2021.  We will plan and build towards the 30th January 2021 in the hope that we will be able to celebrate our 5th annual Derry Radical Bookfair.

“For many independent book sellers and distributers the event is even more important at this time in order to help support and encourage people to read and access historical and radical literature.  We are proud to have a wide variety of political ideals and opinions expressed at the Derry Radical Bookfair.  We pride ourselves in creating a space for books of local, national and international interests including social and labour history especially areas that cover radical feminism, queer liberation, anarchism, marxism, republicanism and environmentalism.

“In the proud tradition of the Bloody Sunday week of events and the March for Justice itself we also host a wide number of different campaign groups who get to have the opportunity to table stalls so as to highlight ongoing human rights, environmental and social justice issues.  The event ties in well with the week long events as part of the run up to the annual Bloody Sunday March for Justice which keeps getting bigger and better.”

Derry Radical Bookfair takes place on Saturday 30th January 2021 from 12pm
until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street.

Aonach Leabhar Radacah Dhoire 2021

DRB2021IREBeidh an 5ú aonach leabhar dá chineál i nDoire Dé Sathairn 30ú Eanáir 2021.
Cuirfear fearadh na fáilte roimh dhíoltóirí beaga neamhspleácha a leabhair agus foilseacháin radacacha le smaointe agus le hábhair léitheoireachta nach bhfuiĺ fáil orthu sna gnáthshiopaí a chur faoi bhráid an phobail.
Foisliúcháin a bhaineann le feachtais i gcóngar is i gcéin, leis an sóisialachas, leis an Mharxachas, leis an phoblachtachas agus leis an chomhshaolachas a bheas ar fáil ar an lá.

Ireland’s Leading Radical Bookfair Takes Place in Derry

RBposter2020This year marks the 4th annual Radical Bookfair in Derry which now forms part of the city’s political calendar at the Pilots Row Community Centre in the heart of the Bogside.

Organisers of the Derry Radical Bookfair will once again host the country’s largest selection of independent radical press, book sellers, publishers and distributors from across Ireland with a number of participants taking part from Scotland, England and Wales.

A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said “We have seen many participants return time and time again to the Radical Bookfair after previous successful fairs held in the city. What we are proud of is having a large variety of political opinions as expressed though the many different forms of radical literature on display. Literature not normally found in mainstream bookshops and outlets. What we have is a healthy and expanding network of independent booksellers and publishers who have forged links and new important contacts which the Derry Radical Bookfair is a vital focal point as part of the political calendar.

“The Radical Bookfair has many different political views and radical traditions which makes up the lift of the city. We pride ourselves in creating a space for 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. It is also a day in which a number of campaign groups have the opportunity to table stalls so as to highlight ongoing concerns such as human rights, environmental and social justice issues.

“This year we will be including a speakers corner which will host a number of talks and discussions from Anti-fascism to Anarchism throughout the day which will again add to the overall community spirit that the book fair has created at Pilots Row. For many the event ties in well with the week long events as part of the run up to the annual Bloody Sunday March for Justice.”

Derry Radical Bookfair takes place on Saturday 1st February 2020 from 12pm
until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street.

Antifascism: Lessons For 2020

ANTIfaIn the face of a global resurgence of authoritarian far-right governments, policies and even social behaviour, there is a need to build an anti-facist strategy that pays special attention to the root causes of xenophobia, racism, misogyny.

A society where competition and the pursuit of individual wealth are promoted as the ultimate goals and values is bound to normalise inequality, because it feeds from it.

Opposing this normalisation is at the core of a clear anti-facist strategy. What are we fighting against? Who benefits from prejudice? And most importantly, what can we do about it?

A speaker from the Industrial Workers of the World Ireland Branch leads the discussion on Antifascism: Lessons for 2020.

Saturday 1st February at the Derry Radical Bookfair, Speakers Corner, Pilots Row Community Centre @ 3pm

Anarchism: Its history, development and future

AnarchismTalkAs part of a scheduled list of events for thos year’s Derry Radical Bookfair at Speakers Corner will host a discussion title Anarchism, its history, development and future. An introduction to the politics of class struggle anarchism with the Anarchist Communist Group will begin at 2pm in the hall of the Derry Radical Bookfair, Pilots Row Community Centre.

4th Annual Derry Radical Bookfair 2020

RBposter2020On Saturday 1st February 2020, Pilots Row Community Centre will host to the 4th annual Radical Bookfair at it’s Rossville Street home in Derry.

Organisers of the annual community project have confirmed that the Bogside venue will host one of the largest number of independent radical press, book sellers, publishers and distributors from the length of Ireland with participants travelling from Scotland, England and Wales for the one day event.

A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said “We are delighted to once again confirm that we are able to add the Derry Radical Bookfair to the city’s political calendar after previous successful book fairs. The day long event receives a fantastic response to from the city itself and across the northwest as it is able to provide easy access literature not normally found in usual bookshops and outlets. The radical book fair is an important event which gives a great opportunity to independent booksellers and publishers due to the availability to network and create links and new important contacts.

“We welcome everyone to the Radical Bookfair with different political visions, ideas, practices and radical traditions. We pride ourselves in creating a space for 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. It is also a day in which a number of campaign groups have the opportunity to table stalls so as to highlight ongoing concerns such as human rights, environmental and social justice issues.

“This year we will be continuing with a series of book launches as well as several talks throughout the event which will again add to the overall community spirit that the book fair has created within a venue such as Pilots Row. For many the event ties in well with the week long events leading up the the annual Bloody Sunday March for Justice.”

Derry Radical Bookfair takes place on Saturday 1st February 2020 from 12pm
until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street.

Book launch: Radiant Things

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Radiant Things is a new series of pamphlets produced by Industrial Workers of The World local branch in Derry.

The series will reprint and commission writing on subjects we find relevant to the struggles we are engaged in today. Based in Derry, as we are, we draw on a history of resistance and struggle – and of historical connection to a wide range of international equivalencies and solidarities.

This history gives us confidence to learn from the mistakes of the past and envisage new futures for the form our struggles will take.

Derry Radical Bookfair will see the launch of Issue #1, available by donation.

Book Signing: Eamonn McCann – War in an Irish Town

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Join author Eamonn McCann for a signing of his classic book, War and an Irish Town, at the Haymarket Books stall at Derry Radical Bookfair on 26 January, 3:30-4:00pm.

First published in 1974, War and an Irish Town describes what it was like to grow up Catholic in a northern ghetto, the development of the civil rights movement, and its transformation into an armed conflict against the British state. Republished with a new introduction, it remains an indispensable and unmatched account of the region’s life and struggle.

Barricades are Beautiful: In Conversation with Sarah Wilson

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2.30pm – 3pm Barricades are Beautiful – In conversation with Sarah Wilson

‘Barricades are Beautiful’ – In August of 1969, Sarah Wilson from the London-based radical screen-printing group Poster Workshop came to Free Derry to make posters and teach screen-printing to local people. In ‘War and an Irish Town’, Eamonn McCann describes how there was a hall found for her to work in and a “team of children” helped her to produce “a series of striking and effective posters which soon festooned the area.” Poster Workshop were the makers of several iconic posters from the era, including “The Falls Burns – Malone Road Fiddles” and “Do you trust the Mad Major?” (see Discussion above for images).

The Radical Book Fair is pleased to welcome Sarah on Saturday 26 January at 2:30pm for a public conversation with Eamonn McCann. We look forward to hearing memories of this period, her thoughts about the role of Poster Workshop in a wide range of struggles, and about design as an act of solidarity. A new publication from Four Corners Books, ‘Poster Workshop 1968-1971’ will also be launched (see Discussion for details).

This event will be preceded by a drop-in radical screen-printing workshop in the book fair, with the support of the Derry Print Workshop, from 12 noon-2pm.

These events take place in association with Loitering Theatre http://www.loiteringtheatre.org/, who will be filming some aspects of the day. Just let us know on the day if you prefer not to be filmed.

Reading: MAKARONIK le Dave Duggan (Cló Iar Chonnacht, 2018)

duggan2pm – 2.30-pm Reading: MAKARONIK le Dave Duggan (Cló Iar Chonnacht, 2018)

Léamh agus Comhrá le Dave Duggan A reading and conversation with Dave Duggan, in a bi-lingual event.

MAKARONIK le Dave Duggan (Cló Iar Chonnacht, 2018) Úrscéal ficsean eolaíochta, suite i nDoire 2584, ina bhfuil saoirse pearsanta, dualgas agus dílseacht pléite ann.

A science fiction novel, set in Derry, in 2584, in which matters of personal freedom, duty and loyalty are played out. Scéal daonnachtúil é, ina bhfuil fórsa ar leith ag an focal ‘rogha’.

A humane story, where the word ‘choice’ has a particular force.

Mairfidh an imeacht dhá theangach seo 30 nóiméad. This bi-lingual event will last 30 minutes.

Fáilte roimh cách. All welcome.

For more details on other talks, discussions and signings: www.derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com