Radical Bookfair is set to return 
to Bogside as an annual event

drb-2018.jpgThe second annual Radical Book Fair at Pilots Row Community Centre has been organised for January in the city’s Bogside area. A spokesman for the book fair said that following the success of the first fair this year, had prompted them to make the event an annual affair. “Following on from this year’s event held during the Bloody Sunday week of events we have had continuous support and encouragement to make the Radical Bookfair an annual event as part of the political calendar of Derry,” he said. “Our first Radical Bookfair played host to many participants from all over Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales played part of the Bloody Sunday week of events leading up to the annual Bloody Sunday March, which itself hosted a series discussions and debates, film and theatre that centred around a wide range of local, national and international contemporary social justice issues.

“As ever we would like to extend our hand to participants again to the Radical Bookfair with different visions, ideas, practices and radical traditions. Again we hope that our second annual book fair will be used as an opening in 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.

“It is worth noting 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 last year at our first ever radical bookfair, 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. “At the moment things are starting to take shape and it’s looking to be an 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/

Read more at: https://www.derryjournal.com/news/radical-bookfair-is-set-to-return-to-bogside-as-an-annual-event-1-8240633

 

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An Darna Aonach Leabhar Radacach Dhoire

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Ar 27ú Eanáir 2018 a bheas an darna aonach leabhar dá shórt i nDoire.

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.

 

The 2nd Annual Derry Radical Bookfair Announced for 2018

We are pleased to announce that following on from last years successful first ever Radical Bookfair in Derry that we will begin plans to hold our second annual Radical Bookfair in 2018.

Following on from this years event held during the Bloody Sunday week of events we have had continuous support and encouragement to make the Radical Bookfair an annual event as part of the political calendar of Derry.  Our first Radical Bookfair played  host to many participants from all over Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales played  part of the Bloody Sunday week of events leading up to the annual Bloody Sunday March, which itself hosted a series discussions and debates, film and theatre that centred around a wide range of local, national and international contemporary social justice issues.

As ever we would like to extend our hand to participants again to the Radical Bookfair with different visions, ideas, practices and radical traditions.  Again we hope that our second annual book fair will be used as an opening in support of small press publishers and independent book sellers and producers, circulating radical reading materials and information from independent distributers, non-party political campaigns and groups to share their publications and merchandise, which normally would be hard or impossible to find at mainstream book shops. 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 worth noting 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.

Further details of the 2nd Annual Derry Radical Bookfair will be shared here as we organise closer to January 2018.

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Derry’s First Ever Radical Bookfair Huge Success!

Derry’s first ever Radical Bookfair was held in over the Bloody Sunday week of events on Saturday 28th January 2017 in Pilots Row Community Centre.  It’s estimated that several hundred people passed through the doors of the Rossville Street venue to explore what the days events had to offer as well as to rummage through the different book stalls to catch a bargin or two.
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A spokesperson for the Radical Bookfair Collective stated: “The day itself was a brilliant success judging by the numbers it attracted as the Pilots Row Centre had a steady flow of the interested and the curious alike who explored what the all the various stalls had to offer.  There really was a fantastic mixed of books and independent publications for every type of interest from books relating to political theories such as titles on 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.
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“Chatting to the different stall holders during the days events, everyone had enjoyed the experience, as well as the networking and of course the trade itself.  It has been estimated that throughout the day’s events several hundred book lovers had past through the building to take in the variety of stalls as well as to engage with the different talks that was created around recent book titles. Again this was a great benefit to all the different independent book sellers and publishers on the day both locally and nationally, not to mention all the participants who came from far away as Scotland and England.


“It was really great to see a number of local authors in attendance, taking time to engage with the those attending, signing their books such as Emmet O’Connor and Dave Duggan as it really shows that what we have created here today is something worth continuing.
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“The people here today from Derry, Donegal and Tyrone really love their books as well as their politics and supporting independent booksellers, that is something we feel has to be encouraged. For those who came up to us throughout the day and requested that the event be a prominent fixture on the city’s calendar, we would have to say, watch this space.”

Derry Radical Bookfair

Revolution in Rojava – Eyewitness Account

Due to time constraints and number of other important discussions already taking place on the day of the book fair itself around the themes of social justice and human rights throughout this years Bloody Sunday week of events, Derry Radical Bookfair will host two discussions base of two recently published books. One examining the history of Derry’s radical labour movement in Derry labour in the age of agitation and the other exploring developments surrounding the unfolding Revolution in Rojava, Kurdistan. We hope you will find the time to take part in both events as listed below.

Revolution in Rojava – Eyewitness Account

Speakers Corner, Main Hall, Pilots Row 2pm – 3pm

9780745336596.jpgRevolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women’s Liberation in the Syrian Kurdistan
Surrounded by deadly bands of ISIS and hostile Turkish forces, the people living in Syria’s Rojava cantons are carving out one of the most radically progressive societies on the planet today.

Western visitors have been astounded by the success of their project, a communally organiseddemocracy which considers women’s equality indispensable and rejects reactionary nationalist ideology whilst being fiercely anti-capitalist. 

The people of Rojava call their new system democratic confederalism. An implementation of the recent ideology of the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, it boasts gender quotas of 40 percent, bottom-up democratic structures, deep-reaching ecological policies and a militancy which is keeping ISIS from the gates. Revolution in Rojava is the first full-length study of this ongoing social and political transformation in Syrian Kurdistan. 

It is the first authentic insight into the complex dimensions of the revolution. Its authors use their own experiences of working and fighting in the region to construct a picture of hope for Middle-Eastern politics and society, and reveal an extraordinary story of a battle against the odds.

Now available from all independent bookshops and online here

 

Derry labour in the age of agitation by Dr. Emmet O’Connor

Due to time constraints and number of other important discussions already taking place on the day of the book fair itself around the themes of social justice and human rights throughout this years Bloody Sunday week of events, Derry Radical Bookfair will host two discussions base of two recently published books. One examining the history of Derry’s radical labour movement in Derry labour in the age of agitation and the other exploring developments surrounding the unfolding Revolution in Rojava, Kurdistan. We hope you will find the time to take part in both events as listed below.

Derry labour in the age of agitation with Dr. Emmet O’Connor

Speakers Corner, Main Hall, Pilots Row 1pm – 2pm

SetWidth440-oconnor-derry-vol-2.jpgFollowing on from volume 1 on new unionism and old (1889 – 1906), Dr. Emmet O’Connor volume 2 reviews the impact of Larkinism and syndicalism on Derry. After impressive progress in the 19th century, Derry’s industrial growth started to falter after 1904. Wages stagnated, prices rose relentlessly, and thousands of workers in the shirt-factories and on the docks grew restless. The city seemed ripe for one of the Larkinite revolts that shook Irish cities in the early 20th century, from Belfast in 1907 to Dublin in 1913. However, unions in Derry and local Labour leaders like James McCarron had their own agenda.

The First World War eventually brought both an economic boom and renewed militancy. Capitalism was confronted with a deadly cocktail of food and labour shortages, price and wage inflation, a discrediting of the ruling elites for blundering into a catastrophic war, and revolution at home and abroad. Irish Labour responded by reviving Larkinism and developing it into syndicalism. The Derry trades council struggled to reconcile the radical challenge from Peadar O’Donnell and the ITGWU with the more conservative policies of existing unions, all against the backdrop of the independence campaign, Unionist counter-mobilization, a miniature civil war in the city, a disastrous economic slump in 1920, and partition.

Derry labour in the age of agitation 1889 – 1923 volume 2: Larkinism and syndicalism, 1907 – 23

Now available in all independent bookshops and online here