Thank you for the 4000 + souls who passed our way, and to all the stall holders, speakers, and performers.
You really helped make it a wonderful event.
Keep the bookmarks, Discord server and Twitch followers, as we'll most likely be keeping them and expanding them.
We'll be back in a week or so with news about uploading the workshops and some "after thoughts". In the meantime if you would like to support us,
All workshops recorded can temporarily be watched here.
We are in the process of editing and moving them to kolektiva.media.
We wish we could be together again this year to meet old comrades and foes, conspire, educate, organize and plot in person, but due to Covid-19, this event will be held online from Saturday 17th October to Sunday 18th October 2020.
We've put our best efforts forward to facilitate our collective's first anarchist bookfair, and to try and make it accessible and inclusive online.
If we made any errors, we apologies in advance. We hope you will enjoy this year's online edition, and if you have any issues, please get in touch via the email below.
The composition of the organising collectives behind the various Anarchist bookfairs in London has changed many times over the years, and we are proud to take on the task of bringing a prominent bastion of Anarchist and radical thinking back to London. The London Anarchist Bookfair has been a vital component of the Anarchist community since it’s inception in 1981, and we intend to carry on in this fine tradition.
The Anarchist Bookfair in London will be a diverse event with an organisational focus both on internationalism and on our Anarchist heritage here in the UK. We are hoping that our international comrades will join us on the day, as many did in previous years, and we intend to play host to workshops and displays that illustrate our shared Anarchist tradition.
More than just a simple marketplace, bookfairs are cornerstones of Anarchism, lynchpins of a diverse and sprawling revolutionary movement. They are where we come together to share our ideas, debate our positions and develop our theory and praxis. They help us to believe in better worlds and start to lay the foundations of a world free of oppression, corporatism and the brutal authority of the state.
In respect to the events in 2017 where transphobic material was shared in the women’s bathrooms and the main hall, we wish to state that the Anarchist Bookfair in London will follow our comrades from Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and elsewhere, in providing a space diverse in character and secure from xenophobia and bigotry in any vein.
Our solidarity is overt and complete. Any politic which would seek to oppress, undermine or remove the rights and liberties of others is anathema to Anarchism, and will find no welcome nor tolerance at the bookfair itself, or at any associated event or space.
We do this to be clear that no aspect of oppression will be allowed within our revolutionary spaces.
Solidarity and unity being key principles to Anarchism, we would like the Anarchist Bookfair in London to act as a focal point for re-building cohesion in our community, fostering new networks and developing stronger ties and understanding between us, both in the UK and internationally. Sharing knowledge and supporting each others’ personal and political development in good faith is the call of the day. We seek to present an array of workshops to cater for this and we shall host speakers on a variety of topics.
If anyone wishes to get involved, we welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and abilities: both for this year's online version, and for years to come. Whether you are able/inclined to plan the logistics, help fundraise, promote the event or help run everything on the day, please get in touch. If you have ideas for talks, workshops, discussions or stalls or simply wish to book a space, please do not hesitate to get in contact.
We hope you will join us on the date, and together we can build a stronger more resilient community, and forge a better future - one free of shackles of capitalism and the tyranny of the state, and strengthen our bonds of international and intersectional solidarity, mutual aid and unity.
Dissident Island will run a live radio stream throughout the event. The schedule can be found here.
The stream will open in an external player. They recommend installing VLC if you are experiencing any playback issues.
The Anarchist Library has put together a curated torrent of over 80+ anarchist texts for the event. (You will need a bit-torrent client to access those)
The poster is available to download here.
The artwork for this site was created by Junk Comix.
All streaming will be available through twitch.tv/londonbookfair.
Cinema playlist is provided by Reel News and will be streamed on twitch.tv/anarchistcinema.
If you wish to participate in the chat you will need an account with twitch
Edited recorded workshops will be uploaded to Kolektiva.media shortly after the bookfair.