Event: Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 2010 – May 29th

The 5th Anarchist Bookfair will take place in Dublin the weekend of 29th May.

Doors open at 10.30 on Saturday the 29th of May in Liberty Hall, Dublin, there are also events on Friday and Sunday.

This May sees the return of the annual Anarchist Bookfair to Dublin, our fifth Bookfair to take place in the city to date. Starting from humble beginnings in the St. Nicholas of Myra Hall in The Liberties five years ago, last year’s Bookfair was arguably the most successful to date. Over one thousand people passed through Liberty Hall during the day with ten different meetings and workshops held discussing a wide range of topics ranging from Palestine to Left Unity, Iran to Shell to Sea, Social Centres and beyond.

Note: This event notice is being passed along in solidarity. I won’t be there and have nothing to do with the groups involved. I would go if I were in Dublin, but here I am on the wrong side of the globe… I’d be particularly interested in catching the discussion of “Revolutionary unions in Spain” and the talk by the Iranian feminist activist.

Even if you don’t consider yourself an anarchist, or have no idea what the hell an anarchist is, if you have never been to an anarchist bookfair, I highly encourage you to get along to one – if not this one in Dublin, then one in San Francisco, or Seattle or Toronto or wherever. The strangeness and hope and community you will find may change your life – and they are great places to meet and flirt – intercourse both intellectual and otherwise is always on the table, right next to the pamphlets on alternative parenting and making your own beer.

Schedule of events below…

Meetings at the 2010 Bookfair

Friday night – 20:00 – Seomra Spraoi
The first copies were distributed as Gardai attacked the Anglo Irish bank occupation and then attempted to stop the anti-capitalist bloc march but this is the formal launch of the new WSM magazine Irish Anarchist Review much of the content of which looks at the fight against the capitalist crisis in the workplace. Authors & editors will introduce the articles, there will be some formal discussion and lots of hanging out and informal discussion. BYOB event.

Where is Seomra Spraoi – Phone: 087 2403602 or 01 8728670 Address: 10 Belvidere Court, Dublin 1

Directions: Walk north along Gardiner St, past Mountjoy Square and turn right at the next laneway (Belvidere Court). Seomra Spraoi is about 2/3 of the way down the lane on the right hand side (number ten).

Saturday 29th May – Liberty Hall, Eden Quay (the multistory green building across the river from Tara street Dart and south of O’Connell Street bridge)

10.30 – doors open, have a look around the various stalls before it gets hot and crowded

11.30 – 12.30
Main theater – ‘Fighting their crisis’
After the anti-capitalist blocs and the Anglo Irish protests how can we build to defeat the government and make the rich pay for their crisis? Speakers to be announced.
Connolly room – Women’s mental health
Suzanne Lee from RAG (Revolutionary Anarcha-feminist Group) present a workshop on women’s mental health.
Red space – Organising the Unorganised
Trade Union Organising in Las Vegas – – speaker is one of the union organisers that ran this successful campaign involving 1000’s of health care workers

12.45 – 1.45
Connolly room – An Introduction to Anarchism,
Paul Bowman & ? present an introduction to anarchism and the WSM
Red Room – Israeli Apartheid, BDS and Grassroots Resistance in Palestine
Speaker will be Freda Hughes from the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign

13.00 – 14.30
Main theater – Lost Revolution – The Successes and Failures of the Workers Party
Brian Hanley and Scott Millar, the authors of the book “The Lost Revolution”, will be having a discussion with Alan MacSimoin, a member of the WSM who was a member of the Workers Party during the 70’s, on thetopic of “The Sucesses and Failures of the Workers Party”.

14.00 – 15.00
Connolly room – Revolutionary unions in Spain today
w/ Manu Garcia & José Antonio Guttierez Danton. Manu Garcia has been in the CNT (Spanish confederation of anarcho-syndicalist trade unions) for years, and was influential in building up the CNT’s strong presence in Andalusia. He will be sharing with us his valuable experiences of union organising and great information and history about anarchism in Spain.

15.00- 16.00
Main theater -One million Signatures- An Iranian Feminist Speaks
An Iranian women’s rights activist and journalist who spent 45 days on death row in Iran. She has been involved in the One Million Signatures campaign in Iran, see the Wikipedia entry for more info. At her request we will not be advertising her name. With Farah Mokhtareizadeh

15.15 – 16.15
Connolly room – Revolutionary Experiments In Ireland 1917-1923 with Guest Speaker, Connor Kostick author of Revolution in Ireland: Popular militancy 1917 to 1923
Red space – – The Great Oil & Gas Giveaway
How a handful of exploration companies got their hands on the hundreds of billions of oil & gas wealth and what we can do about it. Speaker Caoimhe Kerins from Dublin Shell to Sea.

16.30 – 18.00
Main theater – Film showing – a documentary on a major Irish community struggle. Not to be missed.

16.30- 17.30
Connolly room – The Struggle for a woman’s right to choose: from the global to the personal
Speaker: Sinéad Ahern from Choice Ireland
Red space – José Antonio Guttierez Danton launches his first book. (This session will be in Spanish.)

Sunday 30 May – Radical Dublin Walking tour – 13:00 – Outside Ambassador Cinema
As part of this years Anarchist Bookfair weekend, two members of the Workers Solidarity Movement will be providing a walking tour of the city taking in some aspects of Dublin’s radical history. From soviets to strikes, and spanning the time of the First International right through to recent struggles, the tour will begin at 1pm on Sunday the 30th of May, meeting up outside the Ambassador at the top of O’ Connell Street. The tour is free to attend, and all are welcome. {If you’re on Facebook confirm your attendance]

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