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

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Date(s) - Saturday, 17th November
10:30 am - 5:00 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.

We are grateful for financial support from UNITE (East Midlands region, NG58 branch) towards travel costs for speakers

Speakers/events include:


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

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)


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

Familiar Stranger: a life between two islands, a memoir by Bill Schwartz and the late Stuart Hall, the Jamaican-born cultural theorist, political activist of the New Left, and sociologist


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

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


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 Azeezat Johnson (editors) and Viji Kuppan (contributor)


Paul Hegarty gives a sound-illustrated talk on  Peter Gabriel, singer-songwriter, record producer and activist

Assembly Lines – poetry of the workplace by Jane Commane and Neil Fulwood. Jane runs Nine Arches Press, a poetry specialist press, and her own latest collection is from Bloodaxe. Neil is the author of No Avoiding It, a Nottingham geography of work and class


Stalls from Five Leaves Bookshop, Asylum Magazine (for democratic psychiatry), Radical Routes, Spokesman Books, Ex-Libris (second hand), Northern Herald (second hand), Sparrow’s Nest Archive,  Nottingham People’s Histreh, Jermy and Westerman (second hand), children’s area, Active Distribution, PM Press, AK Press, Nottingham Women’s Centre Library, Morning Star,  Verso, Pluto, Lawrence & Wishart, Left Book Club, Revolutionary Praxis, Dog Section and others

Cafe and bar on site

Full wheelchair access to rooms and facilities

Leaflets/papers. There will be a table for free leaflets and giveaways. We ask people from campaign and other groups to use this space and we don’t want people selling papers inside the events or main hall.  Thanks

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 or homophobic sentiments or expressing hostility to transgender people or women!

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

  1. Hi. I am writing to tell you about a film I made in hopes you will want to see it and perhaps show it at the bookfair.
    “Bound Together: The Anarchist in Me” is a thirty-minute documentary about the Bound Together Anarchist Collective Bookstore and annual San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair in San Francisco, California. It takes a look at anarchism today in the U.S. through interviews with people of diverse age and background who are involved in the bookstore or the book fair. They talk about the importance of the bookstore and the book fair, what anarchism means to them, and why they call themselves anarchists. It is a good introduction to anarchism in the world today.
    You can access it by typing into the browser: YouTube Gloria Gannaway
    It is in English and there is a version with Spanish subtitles.
    Feel free to use it in anyway you wish. I have a longer introduction to it and would be happy to talk to you about it. Thanks, Gloria

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