Radical Bookfair: an important event in the North West Calendar

16426149_10209189235102656_5768577678212117304_n.jpgThis coming Saturday 27th January, the city will host the 2nd annual radical bookfair at Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street. With a host of independent book publishers and distributors from across Ireland, Scotland and England along with several local booksellers will gather at the Bogside venue for the one day event.

A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said “The idea behind creating our own radical bookfair in Derry comes after years of successful bookfairs in a number of majors cities such as London and Dublin. The initial concept had grown out of the Anarchist Bookfairs 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 helped produce and distribute very important  political texts relating to feminist, anarchist, queer, marxist and environmentalist thinking.

16426212_10209189235222659_8912681029502155512_n.jpg“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 which will look at many forms of radical ideas such as queer liberation, anarchism,
republicanism and marxism. There will be locally produced books and material relating to Irish politics and labour history, but just as equally as important is our vast wealth books chronicling our social history will be on display.”

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.”

16195029_1407469419263423_907478362241651918_n.jpg“This is an amazing event for those of us across the Derry and the northwest to access some literature and books which are not normally found in the usual multinational bookshops on the high street. It will also be an opportunity for all types of independent book sellers and publishers to also network and create important links not normally
available locally.”
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Derry Radical Bookfair kicks off on Saturday 27th January from 12pm
until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville street.

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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

An troid ar son cearta teanga ar an dá thaobh den Mhuir Éireann

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An troid ar son cearta teanga ar an dá thaobh den Mhuir Éireann

“Sa cheardlann seo beidh baill Cymdeithas yr Iaith – gluaiseacht radacach teanga as an Bhreatain Bheag- i mbun plé ar streachailtí teanga i dtaca leis an Bhreatain Bheag is ag iarraidh taithí agus smaointe a mhalartú le Gaeil radacacha in Éirinn.”

Fighting for language rights both sides of the Irish Sea

“In this workshop members of Cymdeithas yr Iaith – a radical language rights movement in Wales – will be facilitating a discussion on language struggles in a Welsh context and also looking to campaigners in Ireland for an exchange of ideas and experiences.”

This event will take place during the book fair in the main hall at 3pm.

Accommodation at the Radical Bookfair

We have been replying to several people travelling to Derry for the Radical Bookfair who have now managed to book a place from the ‘Accommodation Links’ page below.

Leading up to the book fair  we did have a number of limited free spaces however they have all became fully booked or confirmed already.

Apologies, this is one of the busiest weeks in the political calendar in Derry due to the Bloody Sunday March for Justice events and as we know from last, the search for accommodation locally will get worse in the coming weeks.  If you require accommodation please chick out the list of places in the link below.

https://derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/accommodation-in-derry/

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Bloody Sunday March for Justice

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Derry Radical Bookfair will take place during one the city’s busiest weeks in the political calendar, the annual Bloody Sunday March for Justice week long series of events.  To view the full schedule of programmed events from films, exhibitions to discussions please visit the Bloody Sunday March for Justice website here.

Discussion: Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee

IWOC-talk.jpgThe Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) launched back in 2016 with branches in Wales, Scotland and England having been inspired by fellow workers in the US, organising in solidarity with incarcerated workers since 2014.

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a revolutionary union founded in 1905 that has a rich and proud history of workplace organising and international solidarity. The IWW recognises that prisoners are on the frontline of wage/prison slavery, capitalist exploitation and the State’s war on the working class. This is why IWOC started to support prisoners to organise & fight back against prison slavery and the prison system itself.

IWOC is also fighting against prison expansion and the increased capitalist exploitation of prison labour, as well as against IPP sentences (i.e. “imprisonment for public protection” generally for indeterminate length) and other forms of injustice in the prison system. Read more about us here.

This talk by IWOC activists will look at their work and intentions of building resistance to prisons drawing on the experience of recent prison strikes in the US.

This event will take place during the book fair in the main hall at 1pm.

Book Launch: There Will Be Another Day

Peadar-Book.jpgThis years book launch celebrates the life and work of an Irish radical who is no stranger to Derry and the north west, Peadar O’Donnell (1893-1986) was one of the outstanding political and literary figures of 20th century Ireland.

A republican socialist, a trade union leader, a radical land activist and an internationally acclaimed novelist, his influence remains strong more than three decades after his death.

Red Sky Books has set out to revive the written works of Peadar O’Donnell, the farmer’s son from West Donegal who became one of Ireland’s great 20th century literary and political talents.

There Will Be Another Day  – the first of Peadar’s books to be republished – tells the gripping story of the mass movement he led against land taxes imposed by the British Government against the small famers of Ireland in the 1920s.

Out of print for more than 50 years, his no-holds-barred memoir combines lucid political analysis with colourful detail that brings to life some of the dramatic events and key personalities of the nationwide struggle that was launched after mass in a Donegal churchyard.

This volume also contains an extended biographical tribute to Peadar from his close friend and political associate, Donal Donnelly.

This event will take place during the book fair in the main hall at 2pm. Guest speaker will be Author and Irish labour history lecture Dr. Emmet O’Connor.

 

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