Book launch: Radiant Things


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


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


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, 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.

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language11pm – 2-pm Talk: MISNEACH IN AIMSIR NA nÉIGEANDÁLAÍ

Grúpa radacach ar son leas na cosmhuintire agus na teanga dúchais atá i Misneach.

Tabharfaidh beirt bhall de Mhisneach caint ar ghnéithe éagsúla den streachailt atá ar bun ar son todhchaí na nGael agus na hÉireann trí chéile. Labhrófar ar ról agus obair Mhisneach, ar ghéarchéim na Gaeltachta, ar an bhfeimineachas mar chuid de chúis na nGael agus ar an mbunús eacnamaíochta atá leis na trioblóidí polaitiúla, sóisialta agus timpeallachta atá ag bagairt ar na Gaeil agus ar an gcine daonna go léir.

Fáilte roimh cách. All welcome.

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Annual Derry Radical Bookfair Celebrates Its Third Year

DRB-2019On Saturday 26th January, Pilots Row Community Centre will once again play host to the 3rd annual Derry Radical Bookfair in Rossville Street.

Organisers have confirmed that the Bogside venue will now 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 “Following on from previous years book fairs we have had a fantastic response to such a successful event by making this happen annually for those of us across the northwest to access literature not normally found in mainstream bookshops. It will also give an opportunity to independent book
sellers and publishers a chance to network and create important links in order to continue their work.

“All participants are welcome to the Radical Bookfair with different visions, ideas, practices and radical traditions. 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. There will
also be a number of campaign groups tabling stalls in an effort to highlight ongoing human rights and social justice issues.

“Throughout the day there will be a number of talks and book launches planned which will again add to the day long event within Pilots Row.”

Derry Radical Bookfair takes place on Saturday 26th January from 12pm
until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street.

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.”

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