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Red Pepper is really excited to be part of the upcoming London Radical Bookfair and Alternative Press Takeover 2014, taking place on Saturday May 10. We’ll be joining other radical booksellers, publishers, artists and activists of all stripes set to takeover all 3 floors of the Bishopsgate Institute for the event.
This free event is organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB), which formed in 2011 to raise awareness of the radical booktrade. The bookfair provides an annual opportunity to bring the UK’s radical booksellers together to meet in person with publishers and the reading public.
This year, for the first time, the London Radical Bookfair has teamed up with Alternative Press (AP), whose extended family of writers and artists will be exhibiting and selling their self published comix, zines, art books, and prints in the Upper Hall. They will also share their expertise by leading workshops in print-making and book-binding. To celebrate the collaboration between the two fairs, AP artists have created a series of artworks inspired by the Bread and Roses shortlist, which will be on display throughout the day.
On the day there will be over 130 exhibitors, 50 stalls, and a packed programme of workshops and panel discussions from guest speakers, including authors shortlisted for two annual book prizes: the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award. The winners of the prizes will be announced at the end of the day by guest judges, including Red Pepper contributors Seumas Milne and Nina Power.
We’re particularly looking forward to a talk on the legacies and challenges of radical Black and Asian Publishing and a discussion on the state of radical children’s literature. We’re going to try and update our popular guide to radical children’s books we put together last year after the event!
Red Pepper is proud to be part of this unique gathering of progressive readers, thinkers and doers, in a celebration of radical publishing and politics. We’ll have a stall at the event all day – so do come over and say hello. The full programme of the day’s talks and workshops is here.
Event Details 10-5pm Free entry Bishopsgate Institute 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH [Nearest tube/train stations: Liverpool Street, and Shoreditch High Street].
The Bookfair is part of a week-long season of political talks at the Bishopsgate Institute – check the link for more details: http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/Events/Troublemakers