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Nottingham Radical Bookfair

Saturday, 2nd November, 2019    
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Nottingham Mechanics Institute
3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham, NG1 4EZ

The third Nottingham Radical Bookfair… 30 tables from new and second hand booksellers, publishers and organisations and a full supporting programme of talks.

Stalls already booked by Five Leaves, Nottingham People’s History, Northern Herald Books (second hand), Anarchist Communist Group, Ex-Libris (second hand), Verso Books, Notts and Derby Labour History Society, Morning Star, Revolutionary Praxis, Jermy and Westerman (second hand), Sparrow’s Nest Archive, Global Books Marketing, Pluto Press, AK Press/Freedom Press/PM Press, UNITE – Nottingham community branch, Paul Waplington Prints. Women’s Centre Library, Asylum Magazine, New Internationalist

Come along for an hour or the whole day. Free, no need to book.

2019 Events:


Andrew Graves – author of Welcome to the Cheap Seats: silver screen portrayals of the British working classAn illustrated talk with a strong Nottingham interest.


Anamik Saha – author of Race and the Cultural Industries – talks on Race, Media and Social Justice.  The question of media’s representation of racial and ethnic minorities – especially in popular culture – can appear trivial for some anti-racists/Leftists. Drawing from his book Race and the Cultural Industries Anamik Saha argues that how media treats minorities is a matter of social justice. In doing so he provides a critique of ‘diversity’, which dominates current media and cultural policy agendas.


David Bell – author of Reds, Rebels and Radicals of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. An introduction to, reminder of, and celebration of our local heroes.

Prison: A Survival Guide – with contributors to this Penguin book, which sold out in ten days!


Priyamvada Gopal (Priya) – author of Insurgent Empire: anticolonial resistance and British dissent

Ra Page: editor of Resist: stories of uprising, with Steve Chambers and Karline Smith reading and discussing their contributions on the Battle of Cable Street and the Notting Hill Riots of 1958.


Tim Gee – author of Why I Am a Pacifist. Pacifism isn’t about being passive. Quaker activist Tim Gee shares why.

Tim Gee said: “We are seeing some of the catastrophic effects of climate change already. In such light the resources governments currently spent on preparing for war would be best used on  on humanitarian relief efforts to assist those worst affected. More broadly, a domestic transition away from fossil fuels would without doubt make the world a safer place, as such measures would change the current pattern of wars for oil and limit climate breakdown. We cannot miss that current tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia Centre on oil”  Since September Gee has been speaking in churches, bookshops and community halls, combining personal testimony from his work as a campaigner with reflections from research into his new book ‘Why I am a Pacifist’.

Janine Booth – author of Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor – this event is organised by Notts and Derby Labour History Society



Cafe on site. The cherry crumble last year was memorable.

A Bread and Roses event

Nottingham Radical Bookfair is supported by Nottinghamshire UNISON

The event is free, including the talks