[Sat 28th Oct 2017] London Anarchist Bookfair (London)

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by Kate Sharpley, May 30, 2017.

London Anarchist Bookfair
Start Date: Sat 28th Oct 2017 10:00 AM
End Date: Sat 28th Oct 2017 07:00 PM
Time Zone: Europe/London +01:00 BST

Park View School
West Green Road,
London N15 3QR

Posted By: Kate Sharpley

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  1. Wilf

    Wilf Cocksucking Angry Columbo

    "Right everybody, we've got somebody here who will advise about the pitfalls..."
    "Erm, sorry, we just wanted a few ideas about the bookfair and..."
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  2. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  3. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty Wh♂️

    It’s a massive headache. I’m not into political differences being sorted by the state but neither would I want to discourage women who’ve been assaulted not to report it to the police if they wanted to. The LDMG are a useful resource and shouldn’t be forced to choose sides in this.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2018
  4. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    From people i have a lot of time and respect for (and it seems they are as of yet unaware of the wider issues around this years bristol bookfair and the PPK-isation of local anarchists)

    We won’t be at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair on May 12th

    We’re not flip flopping any more. As far as we’re concerned, a toxic, divisive element of identity politics has been allowed too much sway in our movement and we have to start calling time on it. Obviously we want to focus on the class struggle politics and community activism we do out here in Essex away from the activist bubble in London. However, if we feel we can make appropriate interventions in the struggle to put class politics back in a more central place in the anarchist movement, we’ll do so. The cancellation of our stall at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is not us retreating from a row – it’s us making a tactical decision as to when and where we fight the battles that need to be fought.

    We’ve already fallen out with comrades because of differences over identity politics. We recognise that with the stance we’re now taking, we may well fall out with a few more. So be it. Sometimes you have to do what you think is the right thing and deal with the consequences – we’re now prepared to do that.
  5. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    What wider issues of Bristol bf are they?
  6. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Well-Known Member

    Think there's been some 'issues' with the Liverpool Anarchist Bookfair too when the News From Nowhere bookshop was written to asking them not to bring offensive literature to the Bookfair and when they asked what was meant they were told anything that was related to the GRA or that could be considered transphobic. (Details have come second hand and might be be 100% accurate, happy for clarification.)
    Last edited: May 2, 2018
  7. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    And guess whose been allowed to do the the bristol bookfair - the morning fucking star. Odd that i wasn't allowed to do an IWCA stall a few years ago as the bookfair is for 'explicitly non-electoral anarchists' - now fascist sympathising, holocaust deniers supporters, electoral fetishising tankie pricks are fine - up the PKK, must get my new apo tattoo done asap:

    beeley bartlett fascists.jpg
  8. Wilf

    Wilf Cocksucking Angry Columbo

    Not sure which of those is the more depressing. :(

    I know about the events that have lead up to the Liverpool lot, effectively, censoring materials brought to their bookfair. But the fucking Morningstar??? :confused: What kind of political and intellectual pirouettes have lead the Bristol organisers to that weird place?
  9. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Assadism and PKKism i expect.
  10. Wilf

    Wilf Cocksucking Angry Columbo

    Christ. :(
  11. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*


    Not worth popping in if I'm in the area then.
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  12. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Well-Known Member

  13. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    Not postponed, just moved in protest about the venue's connections with Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce supply arms to Turkey + Turkey killed Anna Campbell (YPJ member from Bristol) = Rolls Royce killed Anna Campbell.

    I presume they have no objections to the arms supplied by Rolls Royce to the US, who were supporting the YPJ/YPG with airstrikes, who have killed more people in Syria than Turkey, but they were Syrian, so...
    Last edited: May 3, 2018
  14. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Fucking hell.
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  15. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Well-Known Member

    I hope they'll be a move to kick them out on the day...
  16. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  17. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty Wh♂️

    The primary aim of flier design isn’t for it ‘to be noticed’ at all. It’s draw attention to the information it wants you to know in a clear and concise way.
  18. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    I'm definitely not going now!

    ...and i think I'm in Bristol that day too.

    Seriously though, the stuff Geri and butchersapron refer to. I'm staying the fuck away from those kindsa people.
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  19. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty Wh♂️

    But you’ll miss the cabaret and cocktails!
    That’s what that flyer conveys to me.
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  20. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    if you're going to post a couplet
    - i know you like to do -
    please make damn sure
    line one rhymes with line two
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  21. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty Wh♂️

    (It wasn’t meant to be one..)

    But you’ll miss the cabarat and fine cocktails,
    Oh my that flyer completely fails!
  22. cantsin

    cantsin Well-Known Member

    really decent retro-futurism shizzle that,bit of irony included, like it
  23. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    What's the problem with the poster ? Once they'd smoked the plants they obviously had to draw them from memory, and they were feeling a bit peckish by then so the nut allergy warning symbol takes on the form of a candy peanut.

    As for all this sour grapes about letting in the wrong kind of electoralists...
  24. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    You think it's anger at an electoral grouping being allowed rather than anger at a really actually happening realignment around utterly malignant stalinist nationalist politics that's shot through with conspiracy and far right bullshit?
  25. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

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  26. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Seems the Morning St*r has been uninvited.
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  27. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

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  28. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty Wh♂️

    Now taken down so it obviously attracted interest.
  29. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

  30. rich!

    rich! stalin tache

    So i went to Liverpool for their bookfair, and spent the evening in the social centre under NfN. No-one was having a problem with not bringing books to the event.

    One local troublemaker turned up to a workshop and was enough of an asshole they drove them out, politely or not.

    Otherwise it was a really good Bookfair.

    The Cunningham Amendment people put cash in to make it happen, and have a long argument in their zine about why.

    Tldr? More local bookfairs.
    crossthebreeze likes this.

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