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

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