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London Anarchist Bookfair 2008

September 26th, 2008 · post by Fred Goodsell · Make a comment

Capitalism is not looking particularly healthy at the moment, $700 billion bail-outs, nationalisation of banks and rising unemployment all add up to a complete mess. And as organisers for this year’s London Anarchist Bookfair put it, “In the market of ideas the anarchist pound is bouyant”. This year will mark the bookfair’s 27th event, once again being held Queen Mary College in London’s East End. It will be happening on Saturday October 18th from 10am.bookfair-450.jpg

[Above: Sketchbook image by Hey Monkey Riot at last year's bookfair]

Once again there is a lot on with 38 meetings, 90 stalls, an all day cabaret starring assorted ranters, poets, singers and comics; plus an all day film showings and, two kids spaces.  It appears they are also working on improving the space with stalls now split across both the Main Hall and the Octagon room, it makes the whole event wheelchair accessible. In related accessibility improvements the event will also have both signers and touch-typist for people with deafness who want to attend meetings or events.

As well as the usual workshops and meetings organising and discussing future and past events there are also some exciting talks happening. John Pilger who’s most recent documentary is The War on Democracy will be talking about current world issues. Lucio Urtubia, a Spanish anarchist who during the 60s and 70s carried out bank robberies and forgeries for political ends will also be taking part in a presentation. The session will consist of a film about Lucio Urtubia’s life with an introduction by Lucio followed by a question and answer session.

Morris Beckman, who along with a number of other returning Jewish veterans of the Second World War set up the militant anti-facist ‘43 Group’. The bookfair will be showing a short film about the 43 Group followed by a talk by Morris and then a question and answer session. Later, Paul Mason, BBC journalist and author of Live Working or Die Fighting, How the Working Class Went Global, will also talk about his new research on the women barricade fighters of the Paris Commune.

The Bookfair’s venue is close to Mile End and Stepney Green tube stations and is on the 25, 205, and 339 bus routes.

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