Wednesday, 14 December 2022

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Corona Virus Precautions

Anarchist bookfairs and other such events are gradually starting to be organised again. Obviously those who have not been vaccinated or are at particular risk if they contract Covid 19 may well feel they are too risky to attend. I would urge all those who do to respect the space, masks and distance keeping that some will want to adhere to for some time yet.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Anarchist Bookfair dates and details wanted.

How do folks.

The idea of this site is that all anarchist and radical bookfairs can be listed on one site - as well as many others besides! - so that there is less chance of date clashes and better advance advertising of events. My experience is that anarchist bookfair organisers seem to have a habit of using the same dates repeatedly which can be counter productive especially for those (like us) distributors and publishers who would like to attend them all! We know that many of the Bookfair weblinks are out of date but consider that some of you might like to see what was done as well as what will be done!

Please add information and dates below as a comment. please leave email or website contact information for your event. When it has been verified we will list it. We will delete comments once the information has been added to the site. If you have trouble leaving a comment, the please email details to jon (at)

If you are unsure as to the exact date of your next bookfair but intend to do one then send us the likely dates and we will list it as TBC (to be confirmed).

Jon @ctive

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Advice on how to organise an Anarchist Bookfair

1. Check to see if there are any other book fairs or events on that day that would not be good to clash with. Think not just from the organisers point of view but also from the punters and the stallholders interests.

 2. Advertise your bookfair well in advance. Consider that if you want people to come from other countries, those with jobs, other responsibilities etc to come the less spontaneous the organisation is the better!

3, Use all media! Do not rely just on social media! paper flyers, stickers, posters and word of mouth are still very important. Make sure they get around well before the event and then do a "last minute" reminder poster campaign just before the event. Remember if you rely on Facebook you will get a Facebook response. Many radicals do not use or rely on Facebook - Let's be honest it's owned by a crap right wing jerk. Set up a unique website domain address and try to keep it live all year round. Use the same website for successive years bookfairs it helps keep continuity and gives people a perspective on your bookfair. Try and get posters for your event to bookfairs that happen just before, send flyers to book distributors in advance for sending out in their mail.

4, It is highly unadvisable (as some have done!) to go to other anarchist events or book fairs just before "your" event and behave like idiots. Getting drunk, abusing peoples hospitality and other such behaviour is unlikely to encourage people to come to your own event and may even inspire them to boycott you. This of course is a shame for all the others who have helped with or would benefit from your event and it doesn't help the anarchist cause one bit!

5, Provide food (vegan) at your bookfair or make sure people who are not local to your venue are able to get hold of it easily.  Remember to help stall holders who are there on their own to take breaks and get refreshments. Make sure snacks are available all day long not just in the evening after the event when many tired stall holders just want to go home annd rest!

6, Contact local radical groups; activist, environmental, Trade Unions, Queer, all that are active even if not specifically anarchist and see if they are able to help publicise the event. Many anarchist bookfairs disguise themselves as Radical or Alternative bookfairs and invite non anarchist groups to participate in the event in order to increase the numbers likely to attend. This may cause some political friction but often works well.

7, If you use the seriously compromised medium that is Facebook then you might as well post your event here too! But also feel free to add your bookfair details to our Twitter page here

8, If you have the resources try to organise a creche facility so that parents/guardians can be free of the their little treasures and have time to take in the event.

9, If you are aware of stall holders travelling from out of town do your best to offer them accomodation so they do not have to pay for hotels etc and you may make new friends too!

10, If you are organising an event where parking is difficult and/or expensive try to provide helpful information for visitors and stall holders that are coming from out of town as to where they can park easily and affordably.

11, Consider joining the new European Anarchist Bookfair Coordination Group or at least informing them of your event. More to follow but for now you can pass information to them through this site.

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