Anarchist Bookfair

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Anarchist Book Fair at Holloway road, London on 21 October 2006.

The Anarchist Bookfair is the name of several annual anarchist book fairs.

British Anarchist Bookfair[edit]

The British Bookfair started in 1983, and it has become the largest anarchist event in the British calendar,[1] and is a combination of stalls, talks and workshops by anarchist groups and campaigns.

Most British anarchist groups attend such as Freedom Press, Anarchist Federation, Kate Sharpley Library, Class War, Solidarity Federation and the WOMBLES.

The 2005 event ended with riot police[2] while the 2006 event was attended by the Libertarian Alliance group who were thrown out.[1]

The First Alternative Book Fair in Leipzig[edit]

1. Alternative Buchmesse Leipzig, March 1990, Photo: Bernd Heinze

The First Alternative Book Fair in Leipzig took place from March 11 to 14, 1990 in Leipzig-Gohlis in the clubhouse "Heinrich Budde" in parallel with the official Book Fair and offered the new East German publishers and German small and independent publishers a presentation possibility.[3]

Due to many years of censorship and often single publication possibility via samizdat some Leipzig authors and graphic designers have teamed up and sent to dpa and ADN invitations to an alternate Book Fair, followed by about 40 publishers reported.[4] For nearly 10-strong initiative group included Dieter Kalka, Benjamin Weinkauf,[5] Jayne-Ann Igel, Rosemarie Heinze, Sebastian Kleindienst, Matthias Seydewitz, Hermut Geppert, Peter Hinze and Katharina air. Concern was the newly established publishers in the GDR and small publishers an opportunity to present[6] to offer and to make known to each other publishers and authors. Therefore, there was a café for meetings and distributed throughout the day readings.[7] This idea was then taken over by Mrs. Renker for the Leipzig Book Fair and has proven to be Leipzig liest ("Leipzig Reads") established. A continuation of the alternatives Book Fair with the support of officials, as proposed by Ms. Renker,[8] rejected most publishers and the initiative group.[9] Special guest was the Chinese Xing Hu Kuo, he read "A Chinese in Bautzen - 2675 Nights in the stranglehold of the Stasi“, also Christian Staudinger with spontan actions and filming the Book Fair.[10]


  1. ^ a b "London's anarchist bookfair: the aftermath",, November 24, 2006. Retrieved January 28, 2008.
  2. ^ "Successful Anarchist Bookfair Marred by Police Attack", Indymedia UK, 24 October 2005. Retrieved January 28, 2008.
  3. ^ Archival
  4. ^ Süddeutsche Zeitung, 16.3.1989: Fun and political ambitions, detailed article by Detlef Grumbach
  5. ^ Website Benjamin Weinkauf
  6. ^ LVZ, 11. März 1990, „Nun aber!“, Christel Förster about the „Erste Alternative Buchmesse Leipzig“
  7. ^ Info at
  8. ^ Detailed information: "The first alternative Leipzig Book Fair 1990" on Boheme & Bohememians
  9. ^ Doku der 1.ABM
  10. ^ Leerjahre. Leben und Überleben im DDR-Gulag von Andreas Schmidt

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Third Balkan Anarchist Bookfair in Sofia". Retrieved 2008-03-27.