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Dublin - Event Notice
Thursday January 01 1970

6th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair - May 14th Liberty Hall

category dublin | anti-capitalism | event notice author Monday May 09, 2011 14:44author by Andrew - WSM Report this post to the editors

The 6th Anarchist Bookfair will take place in Dublin the weekend of 14th May 2011 at Liberty Hall, Eden Quay. We have a full schedule of meetings planned and a varied range of book stalls from a host of anarchist and radical publishers and organisations. Doors open at 10am and the first meetings start at 11:30 so forgo the weekend lie-in, grab a coffee and come on down! Admission is free but a donation to costs is appreciated!

Stalls:, PM Press, AK, WSM, RAG, Irish Labour History, IPSC, Choice Ireland, IBT, HOPI, Manchester AF, S2S, Solidarity Books, Rebel Books, Provisional University, Pepper Morrison zine, LASC, Look Left magazine, Moccu Press, AFA, Dublin Housing Action, Campaign for City Arts, Dublin Basque Committee.

Meeting Schedule

Sins of the Father
(11:30 - 12:30 Theatre)
Dublin historian and Irish Labour History member Conor McCabe on the development of the Irish economy in the 20th century and the roots of the bank bailout. This talk is based on a book scheduled to be published in June called "Sins of the Father: Tracing the Decisions That Shaped the Irish Economy", which is an elaboration on a series of blog posts he's written over the past three years which deal directly with this subject, on the popular DublinOpinion.com blog and Irish Left Review, as well as the journal, Look Left.

Exploring attitudes to abortion
(11:30 - 12:30 Connolly Room)
A workshop by Choice Ireland on social attitudes around this perennial issue in practically the only country in the EU to still legally deny women's reproductive rights.

Introduction to Anarchism
(13:00 - 14:00 Theatre)
A speaker from the Workers Solidarity Movement presents their vision of what anarchism means for the project of the self-emancipation of the working class.

Anarchism & Socialism: Reformism or Revolution?
(13:00 - 14:00 Connolly Room)
Wayne Price on the revolutionary road to freedom. Wayne Price is a long-time anarchist activist and founder member of the North Eastern Federation of Anarchist-Communists (NEFAC) in the USA. He has written a number of books on the politics of anarchist-communism, including "The Abolition of the State" and will be talking on the subject of his latest book "Anarchism & Socialism: Reformism or Revolution?". He will discuss the two main trends in anarchism today, revolutionary, class-struggle, anarchist-communism and reformist, alternate-institution-building, alternate-lifestylist, anarchism. Covering key issues such as anarchist organizations, the question of power, the nature of a post-capitalist society, the nature of revolution.

Palestine Today
(13:00 - 14:00 Red Space)
Speaker from the Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign delivers the latest news from the Palestinian struggle against oppression, in light of recent developments including the change of Egyptian policy on the Gaza border and their facilitation of a reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

Soccer versus the State
(14:30 - 16:00 Theatre)
PM Press author Gabriel Kuhn on the subversive side of football. "Soccer versus the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics" is the latest book by Gabriel who published four books with PM Press in the last year.
Soccer has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. Professionalism and commercialization dominate its global image. Yet the game retains a rebellious side, maybe more so than any other sport co-opted by money makers and corrupt politicians. From its roots in working-class England to political protests by players and fans, and a current radical soccer underground, the notion of football as the "people's game" has been kept alive by numerous individuals, teams, and communities.

Peripheral Vision
(14:30 - 16:00 Connolly Room)
Anarchists from Portugal, Ireland, Greece & Spain discuss alternatives to Frankfurt-rule and the bailout blues. Manuel Baptista is a veteran anarchist activist and author from Lisbon, Portugal. Manu Garcia is and activist with CNT Seville in the Andalucia region of Spain. Mario is an anarchist from Greece, now living in Cork and Paul Bowman is a member of the WSM in Dublin.

Film: The Pipe
(16:30 - 18:00 Theatre)
Risteard O Domhnaill's film of the resistance to Shell by the Rossport and Erris community in West Mayo. The Irish Times review said: "Already acclaimed at half a dozen festivals, Risteard Ó Domhnaill's film is an unashamedly personal - not to mention aligned - attempt to convey the character of the troubled community in Kilcommon Parish.[...] a fine slice of verité". There will be a short talk after the film by a member of Dublin Shell to Sea to update people on the latest situation in Rossport.

The Arab Spring, News and Reflections
(16:30 - 18:00 Connolly Room)
José Antonio Gutiérrez Danton returns from Egypt with news of the state of the struggle for greater freedom in the post-Mubarak era. This will also be an opportunity to discuss the wider winds of change sweeping through North Africa and the Middle East sparked by the Tunisian uprising. José Antonio is a Chilean anarchist living in Dublin, a prolific writer on Anarkismo.net and in myriad publications, he writes, translates and links anarchist and anti-imperialist struggles from across Latin America, through Europe and to the Middle East and further abroad.

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author by Imagespublication date Mon May 09, 2011 15:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Keep an eye out for the posters up around Dublin




author by Anti-Monarchistpublication date Mon May 09, 2011 21:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Its a shame that there is no discussion / debate space about the visit of the queen of England at the bookfair. Questions such as:

Should anarchists get involved?
Is the protest solely going to be dominated by republicans - so anti-state left wingers dont want to be associated with it?
Are the reasons for protesting in the past / sectarian?

... in the continuum of other talks and debates that have happened before on anarchism/republicanism, it would have been interesting, especially given the swirling security buildup, and the demonisation of any dissenters (something anarchists would be familiar with from the past, with similar bogeyman scare stories in the media).

I hope that some from the non-republican left join in with Eirigi after they were involved with anti IMF and anti capitalist block actions during the winter.

author by Andrewpublication date Tue May 10, 2011 11:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

We are a bit overstretched with the bookfair organising but we will be taking part in the protests in Cork & Dublin and Cork WSM are having a meeting on the visit tonight. There are a couple of articles on the WSM site, more to come. Next Weds in Dublin we will be taking part in the march on the banquet in Dublin castle (meet up 5pm outside St Catherine's on Thomas st).

See you at the bookfair

author by Designerpublication date Tue May 10, 2011 14:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Been working overtime on the design this year (apologes for posting that 2006 poster yesterday!)




author by Andrew - WSMpublication date Fri May 13, 2011 16:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Just added to the timetable

(* LATE ADDITION *) Libertarian Communism in Chile
(14:30 - 16:00 Red Space)
Lucas Cifuentes from the Libertarian Communist Federation of Chile (FCL), and previously a member of the Libertarian Students Network (FEN), will talk on the development of Anarchist Communism in Chile in recent years and in South America, more generally.

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