10th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair - April 25th 2015


The 10th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair took place Saturday 25th of April around Smithfield square.

We will be uploading Video and Audio from the meeting over the next weeks, be sure to follow us on Twitter and/or Faceook to get notifications when we do so.


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The 10th DABF will take place on 25th April in the new locations of the Generator the Cobboestone and Block T around Smithfield square. Saturday will see us host a day of talks and workshops emerging out of a range of struggles and new movements with book and organisation stalls in the Generator.

After the bookfair on Saturday the always amazing Afters Party will be in the Voodoo Lounge

Please do help us with promotion by inviting any friends you think should be interested & tweet with #DABF

Stalls at this years bookfair will include AK press, Irish Labour History Society, Atheist Ireland, Seomra Spraoi, Rebel County Books, Anti Fascist Action, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, PM Press, Abortion Rights Campaign, Stoneybatter & Smithfield peoples history project, Rabble, Alliance for Animal Rights, Look Left magazine, National Animal Rights Association, Basic Income Ireland, International Bolshevik Tendency, Sex Workers Alliance Ireland,  Anti-Internment Ireland, An Spreach, Glasgow Anarchist Collective, Workers Solidarity Movement



Make a donation towards the bookfair costs

The Dublin Anarchist Bookfair is costing about 3,000 euro to put on this year. The costs include flights for speakers, hiring the venues & tables and printing programs & posters.  All of the organisers are unpaid volunteers contributing hundreds of hours of labour between them.  Their work and your donations mean that there is no entry charge for any of the events except the Afters Party.

Any donation you can make towards the costs is welcome. 



Large high res JPG of the
2015 Dublin Anarchist Bookfair
poster to print out & display


Meeting Timetable  

10.30 to 12.00
Generator - Winning Environmental struggles in Ireland
How can we build an active and confident movement to defend the natural environment?  Alan MacSimoin and Polly Wolf will discuss past and present environmental struggles in Ireland in order to see what the challenges and possibilities are.

Block T - Voting for Marriage Equality while being critical of Marriage
We find ourselves facing a imminent referendum on marriage equality, which the hardline religious right are opposing as part of their program of maintaining multiple oppressions. A no vote in that context would be disastrous, serving only to entrench homophobia. Therefore we are campaigning for a Yes to Marriage Equality vote but beyond the need to ensure the referendum is not defeated what else needs to be said?
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Cobblestone - Community Debt and Development Workshop
The aim of the participatory The Irish Debt Crisis - What Happened? workshop is to raise awareness on events that took place in Ireland from 2008 until now, relating to the banking crisis.  Much of the emphasis is on the Anglo-Irish Bank story and it is framed within an understanding of social justice – we think what happened was unjust and we want to reverse it.

12.15 to 13.45
Generator - The fight against water charges - where next
In this panel, Rachael O’Sullivan and Gregor Kerr will discuss the challenges facing the popular, community-based movement against Irish Water, and what we should do next.

Block T - Revolution in Rojava - from lessons to solidarity
This panel will discuss the popular struggles and direct democratic experiments ongoing in the autonomous region of Rojava, the three largely Kurdish province of northern Syria. There are reports that popular assemblies, women’s and youth councils as well as popular militias have been formed, while regime property has been turned over to worker-managed co-operatives. What exactly is happening in Rojava, what can we learn and what can we do?
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Generator - Defending the Amazon, Defending Life
Andrés Sacanambuy will discuss the extractive economy in Putumayo, the ramifications of recent Free Trade agreements and the ongoing defence of the Amazon rainforest as a vital pillar for the whole planet and as a source of hope and life for future generations. Andrés Sacanambuy is a representative of the Regional Front of Social Organisations of Putumayo, Baja Bota Caucana and Cofanía Jardines de Sucumbíos de Ipiales Nariño, a regional network of over 50 peasant, indigenous, workers, women and youth associations.

Block T - Migration, State Racism and Anti-Racism Organising
This panel will discuss migration, state racism and anti-racist, migrant self organising. It will discuss issues faced by migrant activists involved in left-wing politics including the NGOization and electoralization of the migrant justice movement; confronting nationalism and white privilege within campaigns and the particular types of exploitation and oppression faced by different communities of working class migrants. We will also discuss migrant self-organising, as in the Kinsale Road occupation, and strategies for making single-issue campaigns more inclusive of anti-racism organising.

Cobblestone - Free, Safe, and Legal: Challenging Pro-Choice Values Workshop
What we talk about when we talk about abortion. While debates about abortion continue in the public sphere, millions of people are forced to hear their own lived experiences discussed and analysed by those who have little direct experience with abortion themselves.  In this workshop we seek to challenge people's understanding of abortion beyond those extreme and publicised cases.

15.30- 17.00
Generator - Self-Organising and the City: stories from Athens and Dublin
This panel will look at the challenges and possibilities of popular self-organisation to reclaim our lives, our homes and our cities. Katerina Nasioka will discuss the social consequences of the crisis in Greece, critique the hope promised by SYRIZA and, finally, look at the contradictions that social movements and self-organized experiments face in the present moment. Jenny and Zoe will look at recent occupations in Dublin, including the Grangegorman Squat in Smithfield where resistance to eviction is ongoing
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Block T - Parents in activism
The Parents in Activism workshop will be a child-friendly event, at which children of all ages are welcome, and will look at the challenges faced by parents in activist circles, particularly those parents faced with a number of other oppressions already.

Cobblestone - Celebrate People’s History!
The Stoneybatter & Smithfield People’s History Project and the East Wall History Group are not just local history societies. They both recognise the political importance of putting working class history firmly on the record and challenging the capitalist and nationalist interpretation of how Irish society evolved. Members of both groups will talk about their work to date and will discuss with the audience the necessity for similar initiatives in other parts of Dublin and the rest of the country. At a time when many Irish working class people are defying the government on the water charges, it is vital to remember and learn from the lessons of the past, including the stories of so-called ‘ordinary people’.


Closing Assembly
5:30pm - assemble in Smithfield square

Afters Party will be in the Voodoo Lounge
8pm: Resistance Choir
9pm: Acoustic Set: Emili Swift
10pm - : DJ Groove (Red Bearded Fury), DJ Krossphader

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Details of and recordings from previous bookfairs follow to give you a sense of what to expect


The 2014 Dublin anarchist Bookfair was at Liberty Hall  Saturday 12th of April   Below you will find links to audio & video recorded at the 2014 bookfair.

Between Bookfairs we recommend you join the  Dublin Radical Events from the WSM group so you get invitations as soon as plans are finalised

Before and during the bookfair we encouraged people to tweet to #DABF

The weekend started Friday night with a film screening before the main event in Liberty Hall on Saturday, an afters party / fundraiser in The Flowing Tide Saturday night and then rolling though to Sunday afternoon for a Cycling tour around Dublin. 

Friday 11th in Seomra Spraoi at 7.30 - 'Broken Song' screening
About the film - "GI, Costello and Willa Lee are street poets, hip-hop artists, rappers and song-writers from Dublin’s Northside. Through their words and music they have found a way of expressing themselves and inspiring others to achieve the same." 

9th - Dublin Anarchist Bookfair

The main event of the weekend saw 20-30 organisations with stalls & information stands downstairs in Liberty Hall while upstairs and  in the Flowing Tide three streams of meetings & workshops will run throughout the day. 


Anarchism, Punk, Cultures of Resistance & that ‘lifestyle’ V ‘social anarchism' debate -  Theater
The talk will examine the supposed gulf between ‘lifestyle’ and ‘social’ anarchisms, with a particular focus on DIY punk’s contested siting within this false dichotomy. It will consider several strands of punk engaged with anarchism – especially contemporary manifestations. - More details at the Facebook event

Defeating Fracking - setting limits to growth? - Listen to the Audio
Climate change has reached a point where scientists are now saying that direct actions against resource extraction is the only strategy likely to prevent ecological collapse and ensure our environment’s survival. This panel considers what needs to be done and who is going to do it. There will be speakers from the anti-Fracking movement and the Workers Solidarity Movement’s Paul Bowman will look at alternatives to the politics of "jobs and growth", including those of "degrowth" and other anti-productivist movements. More details & RSVP at the Facebook event

12.30 -13.45

A year of class war - the British Miners Strike of 1984 - Watch the video or listen to the audio
Dave Douglass will talk about his experiences of 1984 - the year the British mines almost defeated Thatcher. "That fight in 84-85 involved the whole community, it was not only about unions. It was partly about unions but it was about an industry, it was about a way of life. The miners were almost an ethnicity, with father to son for hundreds and hundreds of years in the same miner family. And we had a very strong revolutionary and radical tradition. So, all of the politics of power, fuel power was about political power and not just about energy. It was about more than that. It was about "Who rules ?""
RSVP and get more details at the Facebook event for this meeting

My Life in Activism : Women speak - Red Room - Listen to Audio
We host a panel of women activists who inform us about how they became involved in the movement, what drew them into this life of campaigning for social justice, rights and attempting to change the world in which we live.  They inform us of how they remain motivated, inspired and sustained in active political life.  More details & RSVP at the Facebook event

Radical Cooperatives: homes without landlords, workers without bosses - Listen to Audio
Do you want to work without bosses? Do you want to live without landlords? Come to this panel to find out how! Speakers: - ‘Radical Routes’ is a United Kingdom-based co-operative federation that provides support to housing and worker co-operatives as well as social centres in the form of mutual aid.  More details & RSVP at the Facebook event


Priceless land: Resisting Displacement in Colombia - Listen to the audio
Two female community activists from Colombia share with us their stories of resistance, and lessons on uniting against injustice. Women play a central role in these communities and, in spite of discrimination as both peasants and women, are emerging as important social leaders for this pivotal time. RSVP and get more details at the Facebook event

Dublin Housing Action: Past, present & future - Red room
Over the years, Dublin’s working class has organised to fight landlords, developers and politicians in search of decent housing and well-being for all. This panel will consider how some of these earlier campaigns and direct actions can inform today’s struggles.  RSVP and get more details at the Facebook event

Can we eliminate the reproduction of oppression in our movements? - Flowing Tide Pub
We have all grown up in a society where we are shaped by what bell hooks terms ‘white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.’ For the most part the left sees its role as fighting against all these aspects of society but from observation its quickly apparent that the left reproduces these oppressions within its ranks. How and why does this happen and is there anything that can be done about this? RSVP and get more details at the Facebook event

16.00 - 17.30

Care & Social Reproduction - Selma James - Watch the Video or listen to the audio of this session
The hardship of the current economic crisis has impacted unevenly across genders. This panel discusses the intersection of austerity, care-work and women’s reproductive rights.  Selma James and Conor McCabe will be presenting with Conor focusing on what this has meant in Ireland in particular. RSVP & get more details at the Facebook event

A Media panel on Manufacturing Consent - Listen to audio
Just how good are the mass media at keeping the rabble in line? This panel explores the media’s complicity with the rich and powerful and what we can do about it. RSVP & get more details at the Facebook event.

Ten Minute Campaign Talks - Listen to the audio
A space at which people involved in a variety of struggles can explain them and seek your solidarity.  Will include Rodger Yates from Vegan Ireland, Stop NATO, Cymru and the International Organisation for a Participatory Society (IOPS). RSVP & get more details at the Facebook event

18.00 - Liberty Hall closes move to Flowing Tide

A Dublin Solidarity Network - What are the possibilities? - Flowing Tide pub
In recent years a form of organising around economic issues based on picking small but winnable fights, has had a certain success in a number of places around the world. From the US's Seattle Solidarity Network, to Spain's Mortgage Holders Platform, a number of models exist. This talk is to introduce the work and methods of these groups and ask the open question of whether we could build something similar in Dublin. RSVP & invite your friends on the Facebook event

19.30 - Selma James on Sex Work - Listen to the audio

A late addition to the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair line-up in both senses of the word as this meeting will take place upstairs in the Flowing Tide at 19.30 Selma James is going to lead off a discussion on sex work 

Saturday night  
Post Bookfair Party with Dr Groove & guest DJ's in The Flowing Tide

After the long day that will be the Anarchist Bookfair we will be winding down and hopefully raising some fund to covers costs at the post-Bookfair party in the Flowing Tide, doors opening at 8pm.

Dr Groove will take to the decks to give us some red bearded fury (TM police court report of 2004 Mayday) along with a line up of his carefully selected guest DJ's.

It's always a blast, you may even find yourself trying to borrow a tractor on Bull island at dawn (true story).  RSVP & promote the hell out of this on Facebook.



Sunday 13th 2pm - Cycling Tour: Dublin Housing Action, Past & Present - starts at Mountjoy Square park
We will be visiting some of the many sites of housing actions. From the activities of the Dublin Housing Action Committee in the 1960's & the Dublin Squatters’ Association of the 1970s, through the traveller community's protests in the 1990's, right up until the 2000's anti-Globalisation protests, finishing with the current occupations by squatters in the city with many other interesting stories of social struggle in between. RSVP to the tour and get more details at the Facebook event

Please email all queries to bookfair@wsm.ie

Please lend a hand with promotion by signing up for the DABF Thunderclap campaign below. Providing we hit 100 people by midday on the 9th there will be a mass similtanous tweet / update to about 90,000 people letting them know the bookfair is on that weekend.  If we don't reach 100 nothing happens.  You can +1 us getting there by going to the link below and simply clicking on a button for Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr that will include you as one of those broadcasting on the 9th.

Details of the 2013 Dublin Anarchist bookfair

Details of the 2012 Dublin anarchist book fair

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