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London Anarchist Bookfair 2015

London Anarchist Bookfair 2015


Saturday 24th October 10am to 7pm

Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AA

Books, pamphlets, magazines, meetings, films, discussions, crèche and older kids space, food and much more…

We have finally found a venue suitable for this year’s Bookfair. Central St. Martin’s is a huge building behind Kings Cross train station. It is a fantastic space for us all to display why anarchism is just such a bloody good idea. In these days of hyper capitalism an alternative is needed. That alternative can only be anarchism. Come and find out why.

If you want to book a stall or meeting or want an advert in the bookfair programme go to the bookings page.

What is anarchism?

Like all really good ideas, anarchy is pretty simple when you get down to it – human beings are at their very best when they are living free of authority, deciding things among themselves, rather than being ordered about. That’s what the word means: without government. Read on…

Anarchism and the bookfair

Bookfairs provide a space where like-minded people can come together to re-affirm old friendships, make new ones, discuss all things anarchist and anticapitalist and start planning the future revolution. They’re also one of the public faces of anarchism. Anyone unfamiliar with the ideas or wanting to know more about the politics can come along, look through books, sit in or get involved in meetings, workshops and discussions or just chat to the groups and organisations having stalls there.

It is also a space where we counter the rubbish talked about anarchism by sections of the media and our opponents. Bookfairs are one small element of making anarchism a threat to the present political system.

We need people to help us publicise the event to every nook and cranny in London. If you are new to anarchism, check out the pages websitesand bookfairs. There are links to anarchist and campaigning groups around the country and anarchist bookfairs throughout the world.

Access issues

If you have any access requirements, please let us know so we can try and meet your needs. If you are Deaf and require BSL interpreting and/or speech-to-text provision, please give us as much notice as possible and we will do our best to organise these. To discuss any specific access needs, please contact us at access at


To make the bookfair a safe environment for children and adults alike, we ask people do not bring dogs to the event, except guide dogs. Thanks.


Please don’t take photographs – it’s not necessary and it can annoy or concern some people.





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‘This invaluable book is the history of London we have been waiting for …London has a strong radical tradition and this is its story, told with elegance and precision.’ – Ken Loach


A forgotten history ofLondon: world capital of revolution

A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF LONDON takes us into an unofficial, half-hidden and often undocumented world, a city rarely glimpsed: of pamphleteers, agitators, exiles, demonstrations and riots; the city of Wat Tyler, Marx and Engels, Garibaldi and Gandhi; and the countless pubs, theatres, coffee-houses and meeting-places in which radical ideas have been nurtured and revolutions planned.

Hub of empire, world port and seat of government: the things that makeLondona centre of wealth and power have also made it a centre of dissent and radicalism. As the home of national government, London is the focal point for protest and its political history is entwined with the lives of its people, a multitude often dismissed throughout the centuries as a ‘mob’.

As the government clamps down on protest ahead of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF LONDON reconnects Londoners to a vibrant and tumultuous political heritage: from the twelfth century rebellion of William Longbeard and the Peasants’ Revolt, to modern fights against fascism and racism in Cable Street and Notting Hill, the Brixton Riots, all the way to the smashed windows of Millbank and the protest camp at Occupy LSX.

Published to coincide with the mayoral elections, this counter-history reveals howLondon’s poor and its immigrant population have shaped the city’s history and identity over the ages – and why this is unlikely to change. Politicians and journalists rushed to blame the 2011 riots that began in Tottenham and spread across the country on ‘sheer criminality’. Lindsey German and John Rees show how the same cry from the defenders of the status quo has echoed down the centuries after every riot in London.

A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF LONDON tells the story ofLondonas a theatre of political activism, with a focus on the lives, actions and words of the actors themselves. Asking why London has such a history of radicalism, German and Rees trace the source to many of the same elements which contribute to the alienation of so many from the city – staggering inequality and the size and impersonality of the fast- paced metropolis – and look at how the Olympic city of the twenty-first century is reproducing the conditions that gave rise to radical and socialist ideas in the past.


JOHN REES is a writer, broadcaster and activist. His books include THE ALGEBRA OF REVOLUTION and IMPERIALISM AND RESISTANCE and he is co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition.

LINDSEY GERMAN is a socialist writer and activist who has lived inLondon all her life. She is convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, stood as candidate for Mayor of London and has written books on women’s liberation, class, and war.


 ISBN: 978 1 84467 855 6 / $19.95/£12.99 Paperback / 320 pages


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Hi there

The people at London Progressive Journal are launching an online literary review. The new site will feature accessible 800-word reviews of new titles (mainly non-fiction, with some fiction). The site will have no overt political orientation or affiliation.

Contributors will be academics or journalists. Whilst we will not be able to pay for contributions, we can promise a degree of exposure (and, of course, free review copies).

If you would be interested in contributing, please drop me a line:

If you happen to know anyone who might be interested, do feel free to forward this email to them.

Kind regards
Nathaniel Mehr


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A World To Win


This Saturday – 22 May
A World to Win Conference

Taking the Revolutionary Road

The coming together of the Tories and Lib Dems in a coalition government is a dramatic expression of the way that the economic and financial crisis has an immediate impact on politics. It gives added urgency to the call to create People’s Assemblies as an alternative to the dead-end of Parliamentary politics. As one delegate to A World to Win’s conference says:

“….given the global nature of the crisis there’s a real need for revolutionary solutions not just in Britain but for the whole of our planet and all its peoples, London May 22nd will be a great starting point.”

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Critique Seminar

Saturday 27 February, 12-5pm. London School of Economics, Columbia House, 2nd Floor/B212. Corner of Aldwych and Houghton Street, Holborn tube.

Mick Cox on The Decline of US Political Economic Dominance

Hillel Ticktin on The Nature of the Global Crisis- Cyclical, Strategic and Systemic

Some articles from Critique, a Journal of Socialist Theory are available at
Political Consciousness and its Conditions at the Present Time by Hillel Ticktin
Capitalist Instability and the Current Crisis by Hillel Ticktin
Decline as a Concept by Hillel Ticktin
Disintegrating Stalinism by Hillel Ticktin
Marx’s Theory of Crisis by David Kennedy
The Abolition of Labour in Marx’s Teaching by Uri Zilbersheid

Other relevant articles at include:
A review of Origins of the crisis in the USSR by Hillel Ticktin
The Leopard in the 20th Century by William Dixon

A video of the debate between Hillel Ticktin, William Dixon and Chris Knight on ‘The (Im)possibility of Revolution’ is available on youtube

There will be a further Critique Conference in London later in the year. See in a few weeks for more details.

THE COMMUNE hold regular interesting discussions London. See for further events.

HOUSMANS BOOKSHOP holds regular meetings and book launches on a wide range of political issues at 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1  e.g:

Thurs 25th Feb – 7pm No Sweat Forum – Haiti Earthquake

Sat. 6th March – 5pm ‘Feminism Today’ with Nina Power and Lindsey German

Weds 24th March – 7pm ‘Women and Activism’ with Maya Evans and Tamsin Omond

See for future events.



Tuesdays, 6.45-9pm St. Martin’s Community Centre, 43 Carol St., NW1 (2 mins from Camden tube).

It is now known that symbolic culture began emerging in Africa some 100,000 years ago, in a social revolution whose echoes can still be heard in mythic narratives and ritual traditions from around the world. This course is a general introduction to anthropology including the latest findings from palaeogenetics, evolutionary biology, primatology, rock art research and archaeology.

The course should also be enjoyable: there are good local pubs, and there is always time for discussion and socialising.

Feb 23 When two sisters got swallowed by the Rainbow Snake, Chris Knight
Mar 02 Native American mythology, Chris Knight
Mar 09 The Hunter Monmaneki and his Wives, Chris Knight
Mar 16 The Moon Inside You (film showing and discussion), Diana Fabionova
Mar 23 First gender, wrong sex, Camilla Power

These articles summarize some of the ideas explored at these meetings (they are available at

Solidarity and Sex: the first human revolution was led by women – Chris Knight

Stonehenge and the Neolithic counter-revolution – Lionel Sims

Sex and the human revolution – Chris Knight

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Higher Education

Youth Fight for Jobs LONDON NEWSLETTER


Youth unemployment stands on the verge of 1million – That’s 1 in 5 young people unemployed. Whilst the government can afford to spend billions bailing out the banks it can’t afford to put money into decent jobs and free education for young people. Education offer no alternative to the dole queues – universities are set to increase fees to at least £7,000 per year, putting university out of reach for most ordinary people. For young people that have a job, it often comes with a lower minimum wage, worse conditions and poor contracts.

Youth Fight for Jobs was set up in March to provide an alternative to people who want to fight back against unemployment. We had a launch ‘March for Jobs’ where 600 young people marched through the four poorest boroughs of London demanding decent jobs and conditions. Since then the campaign has grown. We have become the focal point for the media on the fight against youth unemployment and have held activity, fortnights of action, protests against the releasing of unemployment figures, meetings, gigs and stunts.

We have a national demonstration taking place on the 28th November marching under the banner of ‘for real jobs – for free education’. For this demonstration we will be doing activity all over London and would like you to get involved in helping us build the campaign and local groups. See:

We are also organising a day of action on the 21st November (the week before the demonstration) where we will be leafleting estates, doing stunts and postering around the route of the demonstration which we would like you to get involved in.

We are organising activity across London including:





Tower Hamlets



West Central

East London



Lambeth & Southwark


If you would like to get involved in this activity or want help building in your area/school/college/workplace- contact us through the number and email below. Enclosed are a few leaflets for the campaign and also a membership card to join the campaign for £4 waged/£1unwaged.

Yours Sincerely,

Suzanne Beishon, Youth Fight for Jobs Steering Committee, 07716610893,

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