Radical Book Fair


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Derry Radical Bookfair

Derry Radical Bookfair

This first ever Radical Book Fair organised as part of this year’s Bloody Sunday events by Derry Radical Bookfair Collective  will play host to 12 booksellers from all over Ireland and beyond.

Offering books of local, national and international interests including social and labour history as well as themes covering radical feminism, queer liberation, anarchism, marxism, republicanism and environmentalism it will offer reading materials hard if not impossible to find at mainstream book shops.

Dr Emit O'Connor

It is a shot in the arm to Derry’s own radical history.  In the docks the men organised, in the factories the women unionised and on the streets the people mobilised tearing down the walls around those who would prefer to see us in divided.

bob brownAs well as the the events taking place directly as part of the Bloody Sunday programme itself, Derry Radical Bookfair will host three talks in the Bookfair Hall.  Two are on recently published books. The third honours the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party with speaker and founder member Bob Brown:

  • Derry labour in the age of agitation with Dr. Emmet O’Connor
    • Speakers Corner, Main Hall, Pilots Row 1pm – 2pm
  • Revolution in Rojava
    • Speakers Corner, Main Hall, Pilots Row 2pm – 3pm
  • Honouring the 50th Anniversary of Black Panther Party with Bob Brown
    • Speakers Corner, Main Hall, Pilots Row 3pm – 4pm

Venue: Pilots Row Community Centre,

Admission: Free

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Context 2017

One World One Struggle

Bloody Sunday was inflicted on the people of Derry.  But it has resonated around the world.  It is a local issue relevant to people everywhere.

Over the 45 years since British paratroopers erupted into the working-class Bogside area with rifles spitting death at civil rights marchers, representatives of victims of State violence from both sides of the Atlantic, from Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere, have travelled to Derry to take part in the annual commemoration and give substance to the idea of 'One World, One Struggle'. 

The British Government still sets its face Iike flint against telling the full truth about the Derry massacre.  A long Inquiry reported in 2010 that all the dead and wounded had been unlawfully shot. Despite this, the Report stopped well short of proposing prosecution of the killers - and pointed no finger of`blame at the senior military officers who had sent the Paras in, or at the politicians who had connived at the assault and then orchestrated a cover-up.

This is always the way when it comes to the violence of imperialism.

Only the persistence of family members and their supporters forced a police investigation. We await the outcome. One reason the British authorities fear the facts about Bloody Sunday is that this massacre cannot be ascribed to warring Irish factions. This was an authentically British atrocity.

Past commemorations have featured African Americans, Palestinians, former Guantanamo prisoners, victims of police violence in Britain etc., as well as members of other families bereaved by murder here in the North, in many cases murder inflicted by State agents and then systematically lied about to protect the same undercover agents.

Lectures, debates and cultural events are highlighted, economic struggles, women’s rights, gay rights, the rights of the environment, and many other examples of`oppression.  We have commemorated, too, the killing of other innocent people by non-State groups - Dublin Monaghan, Birmingham, Shankill, Greysteel, the Ormeau bookies, etc.

We believe that the programme we have produced this year puts Bloody Sunday in its proper context, an extreme example of the fact that, commonly, it’s innocent people who pose no threat to anyone who bear the brunt of conflict.

The trek towards truth and justice has been long and sometimes arduous. But we keep on keeping on because the cause is just and gives good example to the one world in which we all struggle. 

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