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Oct 7 2013 12:33
London Anarchist bookfair 19th Oct

Surely time to give this years Anarchist Bookfair in London on Sat 19th Oct a plug?

As well as the usual huge selection of stalls there is also a good spread of different meetings which in addition to those promoted by the main UK anarchist and campaign groups includes enough fringe marxist influenced subject matter to interest those of us outside the anarchist mainstream.

See: www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk

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Oct 7 2013 15:32

I came to LibCom a few weeks ago looking for info on the bookfair, and found nothing. I eventually forund some somewhere else and posted it on RevLeft of all places but still nothing here until now.

Is there any reason why the bookfair wasn't advertised here?

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Oct 7 2013 18:58

Going to try to get to this. I'd love to meet up with some other Libcommers even if just for a brief hello. Could any one who's up for a meet send me a PM. Cheers.

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Is there any reason why the bookfair wasn't advertised here?

Because LibCom are in stealth mode for their annual punch up with beery people.

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Oct 8 2013 07:28

It looks like there will be some interesting meetings and discussions. Then there's the inevitable cosmic hippy stuff too.

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Room G.07
Ground Floor

11.00am - 12 noon
Erotic Anarchy
The erotic is a profound awareness of being alive, a deep source of power. Anarchy is the experience of relating directly, freely, as equals. Welcoming the erotic into anarchism has the ability to transform social movements. Inviting anarchy into eroticism changes our most intimate relationships. This talk is an invitation to open up to the power of erotic anarchy as an ongoing exploration of our relationships with ourselves, each other, the Earth and existence itself.
Organised by: Love & Anarchy

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Oct 8 2013 07:53
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It looks like there will be some interesting meetings and discussions. Then there's the inevitable cosmic hippy stuff too.
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Room G.07
Ground Floor

11.00am - 12 noon
Erotic Anarchy
The erotic is a profound awareness of being alive, a deep source of power. Anarchy is the experience of relating directly, freely, as equals. Welcoming the erotic into anarchism has the ability to transform social movements. Inviting anarchy into eroticism changes our most intimate relationships. This talk is an invitation to open up to the power of erotic anarchy as an ongoing exploration of our relationships with ourselves, each other, the Earth and existence itself.
Organised by: Love & Anarchy

Pulse lentil sex.

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Oct 10 2013 09:37

The SPGB is not allowed to have a stall inside so it'll be outside instead... grin

http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/event/literature-stall-anarchist-bookfair-east-london-1100am

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Oct 10 2013 09:46

The ICC will be also outside again. This may be because we put in our application too late - that was the explanation given for our booking fee being returned. I also note that there is a joint meeting being held between the CWO and the Commune, so perhaps the ban on the communist left is being put into question?
I personally have to be somewhere else this year but other comrades will be around.
Let's hope for a sunny day.

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Oct 10 2013 12:28

From my understanding from CWO people it's not a joint meeting with the Commune and simply a CWO meeting.

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Oct 10 2013 13:09

Anyone know the criteria for out versus in? Seems odd CWO get a meeting yet apparently SPGB and ICC are only permitted to have a stall outside? Has this always been the case? I seem to remember ICC were not always allowed even outside.

At the end of the day, if it's an Anarchist bookfair why not just refuse all of them and have done with it?

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Oct 10 2013 13:16

You have to sympathise with the book fair organisers in their difficult task in finalising which organisations are accepted to set up stalls or organise meetings and which are not. It is after all branded as an 'Anarchist' bookfair, but they have rightfully agreed in my opinion to meetings and stalls which explore the grey areas between the various and often conflicting anarchist tendencies and other disparate Marxist influenced tendencies which non-the-less are anti-authoritarian and anti-parliamentary, at least in their public pronouncements. On the whole I think they do a good job in ensuring they attract the widest possible cross section of radical and pro-revolutionary people and promote some interesting and lively discussion. Disagreeing with perhaps 75%+ of the views represented at the bookfair certainly hasn't reduced my interest in and enthusiasm for attending as I recognise the value of having my ideas challenged and my interests extended without that involving the more regular everyday stuff I meet at work or in the pub. Until we get a more specific 'libcom' type event with the cross section of views this site includes, the London Anarchist book fair is probably the best around.

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Oct 11 2013 09:07

There's a radical history area planned for the bookfair: some individuals from Bristol Radical History Group and Past Tense, among others:

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have put together a series of talks which we hope people will find interesting, but also useful. We don't see 'history' as a dry 'subject'; it isn't separate from our own experiences and the struggles, andsituations we are part of now, and the ideas and movements we hope can help build a freer future.

Details of the talks and exhibitions are available via http://www.past-tense.org.uk/
It's on the third floor, room 315.

11.00 - 12.00 - Solidarity: Martial Law - Capitalism in Poland, 1980-1989
Speaker: Marcin Wawrzyn
12.00 - 1.00 - Running down Whitehall with a black flag: memories of anarchism in the 1960s
Speaker: Di Parkin
1.00 - 2.00 - Anarchist Visual Art, Then and Now?
Speakers: Kev Caplicki and Gee Vaucher
2.00 - 3.30 - Occupying is Good for your Health?
Speakers: Rosanne and Myk.
3.30 - 5.00 - British armed forces' strikes and mutinies in 1918-19: a radical
history project for the anniversary of World War I
Speakers: Roger Ball, Neil Transpontine.

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Oct 13 2013 19:33

I'm going, although I've been to Manchester Anarchist bookfair twice, this will be my first one in London.

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Oct 14 2013 18:10

Just for info we did intend to repeat the successful meeting we held on Anarchism and Marxism with the Commune but we were told that the Commune would not be there as they had no one in London so we have decided to hold it alone.

If the organisers said you were too late Alf then in our experience that was true. We got the same reply a few of years back and read into what we should not have so did not apply again until this year. If I recall right they just asked us for a statement as to why we should be in the fair and we sent them our basic positions off the website.

Just hope the level of discussion is as serious in London as it was in Sheffield (there is a recording of it on the Free Communist website).

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Oct 14 2013 22:43

Plugged on AF website and details of meetings recently added:
http://www.afed.org.uk/component/content/article/391.html
See you there!

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Oct 16 2013 13:24

Some of you might be interested in the debate London IWW is organising for the Bookfair this year:

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3.00pm – 4.00pm Room G.07
Paid Organisers
A necessity, a necessary evil or an anathema to a revolutionary union?

The London IWW are organising a meeting to discuss the pros and cons of having paid organisers in revolutionary unions. As revolutionary unions grow, are paid organisers a logical next step or do they undermine self-directed action and the gift economy? Would hiring staff to undertake personal representation free up militants to organise workers and direct action, or would it put us in danger of replicating the service union model? We are hoping to have speakers from the SAC (Sweden), WI (Poland), and, obviously, the IWW, but also want individuals to come along and have their say.
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Oct 16 2013 13:34

We're coming, too:


Kolektivně proti kapitálu: Fighting Foxconn
Room 3.21, 2pm – 3pm
The biggest manufacturing company in the world exploiting hundreds of thousands of workers in China is quite well known. But it is less known that Foxconn is employing thousands of workers in Europe. We will focus on factories in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to understand how workers from 15 different nationalities could resist hard casual work both at the workplace and beyond, and could envision an open struggle against the company.

Mouvement Communiste: Workers’ violence does not always mean workers autonomy
Room G.07, 4pm – 5pm
We all know that violence isn’t good or bad, it depends what sort of violence! But what does this mean in the real world of workers’ struggles? Here we look at concrete examples of violence (good and bad) deployed by workers (against bosses, scabs, company goons, union officials) in India, South Africa and China and draw some conclusions on what violence is as a means and how to use it.


Looking forward to seeing all you libcom posters again and meeting some new ones!

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Oct 16 2013 16:07

So this is happening:

"12 noon – 1.00pm
Sex work is work
The movement for sex workers’ rights is at the intersection of many other social issues movement such as migrations, feminism, LGBT, labour, drug use etc… Sex Worker Open University, a workers’ cooperative of sex workers and allies, invite you to discuss how stigma and criminalisation put sex workers at risk and how you can work with us towards equality, respect, dignity and justice for sex workers. The workshop will include discussion, practical suggestions and resources.
Organised by: Sex Worker Open University"

I missed a meeting so I don't know how it's going but you should all totally come.

Also on Sunday it's the Sex Worker's Film Festival. There's an interview about it on a feminist site here.

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Oct 16 2013 18:09

Radical History Area

Dear friends,

We are proud to invite you to the very first

LONDON ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR 2013 RADICAL HISTORY AREA

Saturday 19th October

11.00 - 7.00

Room 315,
3rd Floor,
Frances Bancroft Building,
Queen Mary & Westfield University,
Mile End Road,
London
E1 4NS.

This year's London Anarchist Bookfair will host something new - a Radical
History Area. Inspired by the successful Radical History Zone that has
featured at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair over recent years, some
individuals from Bristol Radical History Group and Past Tense, among
others, are attempting to kick start something similar.

Radical History? Oh no, we hear you cry, not a serious terminally dull
academic debates about dusty and irrelevant events hundreds of years
ago...!
No... at least we hope not...
We have put together a series of talks which we hope people will find
interesting, but also useful. We don't see 'history' as a dry 'subject';
it isn't separate from our own experiences and the struggles, and
situations we are part of now, and the ideas and movements we hope can
help build a freer future. Our own stories are also history; but reversing
that, history is made up of experiences, battles, events, individuals and
mass movements - linked to ours by both resistance to the hierarchical and
unequal social relations they faced, and the desires, ideas and dreams of
life could be, and how to get there.
We also think that history isn't just about reading, texts, lectures - we
have always tried to put on events, actions, to commemorate and inspire
ourselves and others with humour and theatre. Next year we hope to expand
and bring in other ideas and ways of discussing and remembering our
subversive past.

We are also putting on two exhibitions, which will be displayed on the
walls in the History Area.

We hope that the meetings and exhibitions we are putting on make some
contributing to linking, past, present and future. We know not everyone
will be interested, and others will think we should have put on talks
about other issues...!
However we see this idea as becoming a regular feature of future
Bookfairs, if this one works out; if anyone is interested in helping plan
future Radical History Areas, please get in touch. This could be just the
beginning...

This Area has been put together by individuals from Bristol Radical
History Group and Past Tense, and other interested individuals.

Bristol Radical History Group - email brh@brh.org.uk
www.brh.org.uk

Past tense - email: pasttense@alphabetthreat.co.uk
www.past-tense.org.uk

TALKS/DISCUSSIONS

11.00 - 12.00 - Solidarity: Martial Law - Capitalism in Poland, 1980-1989

Speaker: Marcin Wawrzyn

The black and white picture of the struggle of Polish anti-communist
opposition, with its flagship Solidarity trade union, against the
Moscow-backed regime, is just
another official version of history that the victorious write in the
school books of our children. But what if Solidarity was just a major scam
of Pierestrojka that span out of control, and what if communists didn't
believe in communism, but what they did believe in was simply money and
power?

12.00 - 1.00 - Running down Whitehall with a black flag: memories of
anarchism in the 1960s

Speaker: Di Parkin

Di Parkin was a revolutionary activist from the early 1960s to the 1980s.
This talk focusses on her personal memories as an anarcho-syndicalist in
the 1960s and on interviews with members of the Syndicalist Workers'
Federation and its links to the Spanish CNT in exile.

1.0 - 2.00 - Anarchist Visual Art, Then and Now?

Speakers: Kev Caplicki and Gee Vaucher

This striking montage of history and political art is a one-off chance to
catch comrades from the celebrated JustSeeds Collective, sharing a space
with Gee Vaucher, from legendary punk band Crass.

Kevin Caplicki is a socially engaged printmaker, member of Justseeds
Artists Cooperative & DIY archivist at Interference Archive, in Brooklyn,
NY, which explores the relationship between cultural production and social
movements.
http://justseeds.org/

Gee produced what are surely the most familiar and
influential images of anarcho-punk artwork. She continues to experiment
and push boundaries as an artist using whatever it takes to say it.
www.exitstencilpress.com

JustSeeds and Gee are also exhibiting some of their work in the Radical
History Area (see below).

2.00 - 3.30 - Occupying is Good for your Health?

Speakers: Rosanne and Myk, hospital occupiers from the 1980s and 1990s.

In the 1970s, '80s and '90s, many UK workers and patients occupied
hospitals under threat of closure. Currently the NHS is under threat of
closures again. How is the situation different now? Are tales of previous
occupations relevant? The NHS, useful as it is, has never really been
under our control - are occupations a step in that direction? Or is
calling for occupations just empty radical-sounding sloganising?

3.30 - 5.00 - British armed forces' strikes and mutinies in 1918-19: a
radical
history project for the anniversary of World War I

Speakers: Roger Ball, Neil Transpontine.

Bristol Radical History Group and Neil Transpotine will outline the
conveniently forgotten
history of British armed forces' post WWI strikes and mutinies revealing
how the mass refusal of troops across Europe included expressions of
militant dissent in Britain. Such widespread revolt led to the collapse
of the Allied invasion of Soviet Russia. The second part of the meeting
will discuss what we can do to disrupt attempts by Cameron and the Tories
to spin the 100th anniversary of the War's outbreak next year. Never mind
their flagging credentials; radical historians can start the resistance
right here!

EXHIBITIONS:

We are also hosting two exhibitions, on show all day, in the meeting room,
and on the Second Floor landing.

Inside Room 315: Just Seeds and Gee Vaucher.

Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a network of artists, working in the
U.S., Canada, and Mexico, committed to making print and design work that
reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. They
produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles
for justice, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and
wheatpaste on the streets...

Gee Vaucher’s surreal, always challenging, artworks and collages have
graphically depicted a commitment to radical social change for decades,
ranging from her work with Crass to more recent international multi-media
shows and exhibitions, and publishing through Exitstencil Press.

Second Floor Landing:

Been hearing about 1834 recently? Does the phrase "New Poor Law" weirdly
make you think of now? The Anarchist Time Travellers’ Association:have
splashed some soundbites on the walls; come and see if you can tell the
1830s from the 2010s! (we would have made it into a proper quiz but
couldn't afford the prizes...)

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The Wine & Cheese Appreciation Society of Greater London - http://antinational.org/en - will be doing one meeting, Critisticuffs - https://critisticuffs.org - will be doing two.

Private Property (12noon - 1.00pm)

On the one hand, the state imposes the rule of private property on its society. This means that its citizens pursue their happiness against each other. On the other hand, it demands respect for its common good. What this contradictory relationship means, what it consists of and how all this fits together, that we want to discuss. In particular: what characterises modern private property as capitalist? What is the relation between freedom, rule and property? What is the common good and does it provide a reference point for radical politics? No prior theoretical knowledge is required.

Organised by: The Wine & Cheese Appreciation Society of Greater London @portandcheddar

Don't Read Marx with Harvey (1.00pm – 2.00pm)

Following the financial crisis a lot of people turned to Marx for an explanation. For a lot of them, David Harvey's lectures serve as a companion. We disagree with Harvey's account of capitalism. In this workshop we will show what we believe to be Harvey's fundamental mistake and try to encourage people to pick up Capital. Everybody welcome, no prior experience with Marx or Harvey required.

Organised by: Critisticuffs @critisticuffs

Critique of tax justice (3.00pm – 4.00pm)

UK Uncut claims there are alternatives to austerity: taxing the banks and clamping down on tax avoidance. While we agree with opposing the currently ongoing programme of impoverishment, we reject their proposed solution. In this workshop we want to discuss what taxes are and what they teach us about the nature of the state and this society. Based on that we want to present our critique of tax justice campaigns and why instead of offering a way out of socially produced poverty, their success depends on it: taxing successful capitalist corporations presupposes their success.

Organised by: Critisticuffs @critisticuffs

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Oct 20 2013 12:52

How did it go? Any beery punchups? Kick off between rad fems and sex workers? Herbal abortions?

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Oct 20 2013 13:12

There was a bit of an argy-bargy between some people in Anonymous masks who were taking photos of other people, who were trying to stop them. This *may* (it's a bit difficult to be certain) have been related to someone connected to the masked people standing up and making a speech supporting Julian Assange, who was then heckled as a rape-apologist.

But on the whole I thought it was great - some really interesting meetings, and a great way to renew contacts.

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Oct 20 2013 13:52

Really enjoyed it... saw comrades old, new and practically ancient. Did a couple of stints on the AF stall, pencilled in four meetings to go to but ended up only going to one (like the utter lightweight I am). Had a chat with the SPGB people outside. I can never understand why they don't have a stall inside the bookfair, especially when you think of some of the bourgeois riff raff who do get stalls, and anyroad, the SPGB are a zillion times more anarchist than them. Missed it kicking off between the Assangite and his antagonists... shame really as I like to watch a bit of a bout sometimes. That pub was too bleeding packed and all, took us ages to get our pints in as they ran out of glasses. Still, all in all, twas a fab day.

Manchester and Salford bookfair next?

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Oct 20 2013 17:16
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Missed it kicking off between the Assangite and his antagonists...

Good to see that the BF doesn't cease to disappoint with its annual knacker scrap.

Edit: From the tweets ive been reading seems to have been pretty dark and creepy, apologies for making light of it.

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Oct 20 2013 19:48

Am interested in the one about Poland. Sounds like it could be interesting. But one thing in the description is incorrect: Solidarity could not be a scam of perestroika since it preceded it, simply.

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Oct 20 2013 19:55

missed it this time, our now nine month old daughter was teething, would have been to stressful to travel to London with her

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Oct 20 2013 20:09

Had a good time, went to MC meeting on violence that was very interesting despite the two idiots that tried to spoil it. CWO meeting was also good, though really needed 2 hours. Didn't buy any books at the bookfair, but did get two today from a small bookshop in Chiswick and of the two one I already have smile

Spoke to loads of ppl and as usual missed a few, got rid of most of the contents of my bag which is good.

Manchester will be next for me. Still waiting to find out if they will let me have a stall, maybe I will do some vegan communist cupcakes wink

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Oct 20 2013 22:50

Went to a couple of decent talks but one stands out for me...
After a quick pint me and another AF comrade went to the Radical History Project talk on the British armed forces' strikes and mutinies in 1918-19. Offering excellent historical insights which will be useful for countering the official state bullshit for the upcoming anniversary of the start of World War I, the talks were delivered with a lively manner and with plenty of humor too. The session offered a foundation of ideas and facts which inspired me to get on with producing an anti-war publication that will help point out, in a ultra-compact way, the genuine working class anti-war resistance to the war.

BBC bullshit

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Oct 21 2013 05:49
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the Radical History Project talk on the British armed forces' strikes and mutinies in 1918-19.

I caught their talk at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair earlier this year, was really good, couldn't make London this year otherwise I would have gone to again to see how the research was going. Look forward to your publication.

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Oct 21 2013 10:40

Anyone who witnessed the transphobic, racist, misogynistic abuse being churned out by the Occupy people/Julian Assange supporters, or were filmed by them at the bookfair is being asked to let trusted feminist comrades know what you saw and heard at labtimeline@gmail.com, who are trying to put together an account of what happened.

Solidarity to everyone who was targeted by them and who tried to challenge them. With all due respect to the bookfair collective who work hard to get the event sorted every year, if the bookfair does not move away from this big-tent approach where they refuse to implement a safer spaces policy of their own and tell us we have to deal with it ourselves, and then are obstructive when other groups try to have safer spaces policies for their own meetings, the bookfair is heading for a dead end.

For all the hyperbole about free speech and apartheid and censorship, if there is no collective agreement about how we handle groups and individuals who have been abusive or collude with abusers, we aren't being "neutral", we are by default saying we'd rather let these cunts stay at the bookfair, despite knowing this will mean the exclusion of survivors, because of some misguided idea about "free speech". I feel like "free speech" means being able to express your ideas without being imprisoned or murdered by the state, not being able to say whatever offensive shit you feel like without other people telling you to shut up and fuck off.

But let's have some balance, here's the most tedious, predictable, archaic crock of bollocks of an argument in defence of that poor, brave defender of Assange.

Big up the semiotically queer anarchafeminist types.

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Oct 21 2013 11:18

no major salad cream spills this year?