The Anarchist Melbourne Bookfair will be a free event held at Abbotsford Convent (St Heliers Street, Abbotsford) from 10am-6pm on Saturday 10th of August. The bookfair consists of up to 40 stalls of independent book-sellers and activist groups. Alongside the stalls there will be about 21 one-hour workshops running all day on all kinds of anarchist and direct action topics. There is also a small kids’ space with volunteers to help carers, or for carers to self-organise child minding, or if the kids just want to play indoors.
For more details please see the website.
The Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair has come and gone. There were many improvements on last year’s inaugural event; more space for workshops and talks, more talks. Below are links to some of the reviews, some of which have generated much discussion.
The main controversies, if the pub talk was anything to go by, were the inclusion of the Communist League and Polyester Books as stall holders.
Kieran’s Review: Thoughts on the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair
A couple of particularly good replies to this review were in the comments of Kieran’s website. From Lia. From Rebecca.
A Marxist goes to an Anarchist Bookfair.
IWW Melbourne GMB: A Melbourne Wob reviews the 2nd annual Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair.
Plan to Win’s recommendations for “good anarchist and activist books”.
The Facebook event also has a lot of discussion.
The next major event for the discussion of anarchist ideas looks to be the Anarchist Summer School up in Queensland in 2013.