The Second Nottingham Radical Bookfair, and lots of supporting events on the same day!

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Date(s) - Saturday, 17th November
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Nottingham Mechanics Institute


Nottingham’s second radical bookfair, organised by Five Leaves Bookshop, featuring stalls by national and local publishers, second-hand booksellers and a full supporting programme throughout the day.

Free, with free events. No need to book. A full list of speakers and stall-holders will be posted later, but meantime -

Speakers/events include:

Iain McKay on “Modern Science and Anarchy” – the life and work of Peter Kropotkin, prince, anarchist, geographer, whose funeral was the last public anarchist demonstration in Russia under the Bolsheviks.

“Diversity in children’s picture books”, with Troy Jenkinson (author of The Best Mummy Snails in the Whole Wide World), illustrator Erika Mezza and others

Amrit Wilson on Finding a Voice: Asian women in Britain to mark the new edition of this landmark book

Singing for Our Lives: Stories from the Street Choirs centres on more than 40 oral histories gathered from members of the UK’s many street choirs, supported by Nottingham Clarion Choir

The Fire Now: anti-racist scholarship in times of explicit racial violence, with Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Viji Kuppan

Familiar Stranger: a life between two islands, a memoir by Bill Schwartz and the late Stuart Hall

Paul Hegarty on Peter Gabriel

Owen Hatherley on his adventures travelling around eleven countries of the former Soviet Union - “Daffodils for Wordsworth. Deprivation for Larkin. A trashed tower block surrounded by a toxic landscape pocked with rust-pitted Ladas in a forgotten oblast 2,000 miles from Moscow for Hatherley.” – Jonathan Meades

Assembly Lines - poetry of the workplace by Jane Commane. Jane Commane runs Nine Arches Press, a poetry specialist press, and her own latest collection is from Bloodaxe.

It’s the work, the work, the working life… and how do we organise to make things better? Build the old unions, or create new? The recent long university strike and the success of independent unions in “organising the unorganisable” show what might be possible. Join the discussion with Alan Tuckman (author of Kettling the Unions) and others.

Stalls from Five Leaves Bookshop, Asylum Magazine (for democratic psychiatry), Spokesman Books, Ex-Libris (second hand), Northern Herald (second hand), Anarchist Federation,  Sparrow’s Nest Archive,  Nottingham People’s Histreh, Jermy and Westerman (second hand), children’s area, Anarchist Communist Group, Verso, Pluto, Lawrence & Wishart and many others

Cafe on site

The Nottingham Radical Bookfair and related events comprise a private booking. We follow Five Leaves usual policy of open access and free debate across our community but we don’t expect or want to hear or see anything expressing racist, homophobic or expressing hostility to transgender people.

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