Talk at London Anarchist Bookfair

Many thanks to everyone who came to the talk at the Cowley Club in Brighton the other evening.

The size of the turn-out and the level and tone of the discussion were all very encouraging. It was also good to have had a chat with a few people afterwards, so all in all very worthwhile and I’m grateful to CowleyBooks for having hosted it.

My next public appearance will be at the Anarchist Bookfairin London on Saturday October 19. This excellent event has been an annual fixture in my diary for more years than I dare to count.

The only trouble with doing a stall or a talk is that you’re no longer free to wander around and enjoy the rest of the occasion properly. However, one or two of the meetings particularly caught my eye when I looked through the timetable.

For instance, there’s the talk on Anarchism and the Middle East by Uri Gordon, editor of Anarchists Against the Wall and author of Anarchy Alive! and the presentation by the French Anarchist Federation on spreading organised anarchism internationally, with a focus on North Africa.

JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin’s account of The Radical Wing of the Black Power Movement in the United States from 1965 to1973 should be a big crowd-puller, as should the analysis of the German autonomist scene by the author of Fire and Flames, Geronimo (who’s also speaking, with George Katsiafica, at the Cowley Club on October 16).

It’s also good to see that the Bookfair Collective itself is hosting an Introduction to Anarchism session. With all the variety of subject matter on display, basics like this are sometimes at risk of being lost. We shouldn’t assume that everyone who wanders into the bookfair already has a good grasp of what anarchism is all about.

Incidentally, none of the above highlights clash with my meeting on The Anarchist Revelation, which is at 5pm in room 3.20, on the third floor. Hope to see you there!

The London Anarchist Bookfair is at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road (Mile End tube) from 10am to 7pm on Saturday October 19.