Saturday, March 14, 2015

7th Bristol Anarchist Book Fair

Saturday 25 April, from 11am to 6pm

Trinity Centre, Trinity Road Bristol BS2 0NW

It’s that time of year again….Bristol Radical History Group’s Radical History Zone will be taking place again next month. As per previous year’s events this will take place alongside the Bookfair.
The programme of events is shaping up as follows: 

Radical History Zone

Saturday 25 April 2015, from 11.30am to 6.30pm
Hydra Books, 34 Old Market , Bristol BS2 0EZ.

12-1 Merilyn Moos: Siegi Moos and the Anti-Nazi Movement in pre-War Germany.
Siegi Moos was an active anti-Nazi  1928-1933 in Berlin, a time which ended with the Nazis gaining power and Siegi going underground, before escaping Germany altogether. Little publicity is given to anti-Nazi movement in Germany, which Siegi’s activities shed light on. Although many of the organisations which make up this movement were originally established or supported by the German Communist Party (KPD), they were in practice semi-autonomous. Indeed, the Red Front, a crucial - and from 1929,  illegal - organisation of which Siegi was an active member, and which was key in protecting working class communities against both the growing strength of the SA and the police, was far more alert to the Nazi threat than , Merliyn suggests, the Central Committee of the KPD.  Merilyn attributes Siegi’s greater awareness to his growing up in Bavaria and witnessing first the rise and fall of the Soviet Republic in 1918/19 and then the rise and rise of the ultra-right .’

1-2 "Mac" McConnell: Housing Activism and Squatting in 1970’s Bristol. Includes a screening of 18-minute documentary The Law Breakers (1973).
Mac will begin by giving a brief personal/political history of what motivated him to get involved. He will be covering the squatting campaign that took place between 1972-1974 in Ashley Road Bristol, and direct action taken like the occupation of The South West Electricity Board showrooms (SWEB,) for example.
 The BBC West documentary will feature previously homeless single parent families, a support meeting by 'Bristol Squatter's Association,' and an interview with the then council housing chief Bill Graves.

2-3 Diarmaid Kelliher: Pits and Perverts: Cultures of Solidarity and the 1984-5 Miners' Strike
All Out! Dancing in Dulais! tells the story of London Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, a group which twinned with a mining community in South Wales. The inspiration for the recent film Pride, it is one of many examples of grassroots film-making during the 1984-5 British miners' strike. After watching the documentary, we will discuss the broad range of solidarity activism during one of the most significant strikes in British labour history: trade unionists, feminists, black activists and others created a diverse support movement alongside the industrial struggle. We will explore the roots of this activism in longer histories of connections and cultures of solidarity.

3-4 Roger Ball, Steve Hunt, Steve Mills and Mike Richardson: Book and pamphlet launch: Strikers, Hobblers, Conchies and Reds: A Radical History of Bristol 1880-1939 and ‘The Berkeley Poachers’.
Members of our very own Bristol Radical History Group will share some choice snippets from their research as an appetiser to promote two new publications, including the group’s first book-length collaboration.    

4-5 Anthony Iles and Tom Roberts: Talk and discussion led by the authors of All Knees and Elbows of Susceptibility and Refusal: Reading History From Below.

5-6.30 Tracing Movements: Resistance Struggles against Immigration Controls in Europe.
Tracing Movements is a collection of films documenting struggles against immigration controls in Europe. At RHZ, we will be screening two films:
Patra, Dead End relates the campaigns to stop the destruction of migrant camps in the port-town of Patra, Greece. Today, migrants continue to live in limbo, with no chance of gaining in Greece, and stopped from continuing their westward journey.
Across the Adriatic in the fields of southern Italy, seasonal migrant workers live segregated from Italian society. The Invisible Workforce explores the obstacles migrant workers face attempting to organise together.

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