After a four year hiatus the fourth Dorset Radical Bookfair will take place from 11:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 7th October 2023 at Bad Hand Coffee warehouse just off the Bournemouth Triangle (BH2 5RT). Free entry to the public, with Vegan food for donations all day.
Along with bookstalls (including BRHG) there are some history related talks including:
12:00 ~ 13:00
Confessions Of a Non-violent Revolutionary: Bean Stew, Blisters, Blockades and Benders.
The true story of a peace activist in Thatcher’s Britain by Chris Savory.
14:00 ~ 15:00
The Idea – a new book by Nick Heath.
Nick Heath’s book on anarchist communism is the first such comprehensive work on the subject. Heath reveals that that anarchist communism had a leading influence on anarchist movements in many countries.
15:00 ~ 16:00
“I fear there will be blood spilt this evening”: The 1831 reform riots in Dorset. Roger Ball (BRHG).
In October 1831, the defeat of the Second Reform Bill in the House of Lords led to a wave of pro-reform public protests and disturbances across Britain. This talk looks at the riots in Dorchester, Blandford and Sherborne which pitted artisans and labourers against the Yeomanry and Dragoon Guards.
16:00 ~ 17:00
Fighting Women – a book by Isabella Lorusso.
For 17 years Isabella Lorusso travelled through Spain talking to women who put their lives on the line to fight fascism – and, too often on a second front, confronting men whose commitment to liberation stopped at their own front door. Lorusso’s work is both a tribute and a social history for those women of the 1930s whose actions and visions of the future continue to inspire and inform today.