During the week leading up to the Radical Bookfair several events are held in and around the Pilots Row Community Centre with a number of important discussions based around the themes of social justice and human rights which relates to the annual Bloody Sunday week of events as listed here.

As part of Derry Radical Bookfair we will host three discussions during the day of the book fair itself.



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.

Bilingual talk (Irish and English) by Misneach as part of the excellent Derry Radical Bookfair Saturday 26th January 1pm. Talk on the various social, economic and environmental crisis facing us today and Misneach’s role.

2pm – 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.

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.

3:30-4:00pm War in an Irish Town – Book Signing by Eamonn McCann

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.