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Bolton Radical Bookfair, Saturday 12th of November

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Bolton Radical Bookfair, Saturday 12th of November

Bolton Radical Bookfair

Saturday 12th of November

11am to 5pm

Bolton Socialist Club, 16 Wood Street, Bolton

Cheap food and drink available.

All usual suspects from the national anarchist groups to assorted radicals will be there.

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Oct 21 2005 10:10

if anyones a fan of folk singer robb johnson he is doing a gig at bolton socialist club TONIGHT, friday oct 21st from 8.

tickets are £5 for non-members and £3 for members.

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Nov 8 2005 22:10

Well I'm going up from London for this - hope its good!

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Nov 9 2005 10:15

should be good - even class war will have a stall there wink

Hope to see many of you folks there!

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Nov 9 2005 17:08

I'd completely forgotten about this, but hopefully by posting this reply I'll remember that it's on and turn up.

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Nov 14 2005 12:09
ticking_fool wrote:
I'd completely forgotten about this, but hopefully by posting this reply I'll remember that it's on and turn up.

were you there mate?

Some thoughts of the event: personally i thought it was a good day out. It was a bit quiet, though there were about half an hour period when the room was totally packed.

Anyway, got a chance to chat with loads of people, new comrades and also it was good to meet PaulMarsh, October Lost (and the notorious working class hero Ironman D or course!), steve and many other peeps.

Somehow me and rochelle ended up doing the AK Distribution stall neutral I hardly even read books!

I did buy Maurice Brintons for workers power though.

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Nov 14 2005 13:13

Nice to meet you too.

Quieter than last year but still a good day. Some people actually turned up right at the death just as we finished packing away!

My partner enjoyed the 'Buffy the anarcho-syndicalist' comic btw.

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Nov 14 2005 15:14

Nice one to all of you for putting this on 8) Next year let's push and hype it a bit more at the London bookfair, and all the summer events,etc. I'd be happy to take some leaflets and posters.

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Nov 14 2005 17:50

it was better than the london one. didn't have to travel for hours to get there and i actually got to look at the books not just the backs of tall people standing in crowds front of stalls (its hard being vertically challenged i tells yer).

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Nov 14 2005 19:02

Lucy - you never said hello, I feel very disappointed!

The venue was really good, and I think it is important to have anarchist events outside of the usual cycle of London/Brighton/Bradford.

Of the things I always look out for at a bookfair, the scores on the doors were:

Drunken punks staggering about spilling Special Brew - 0

Dodgy Searchlight types - 1

Bakunin type beards - 0

ICC score - 0

Fights - 0

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Nov 14 2005 19:04

Nice to meet JDMF and Rochelle, and have a chat about the bits and pieces. Must try and meet up more often.

Though t'was a shame the fair was alot smaller than last year, also no AF confused

But got me some more books wink

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Nov 14 2005 19:23
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Lucy - you never said hello, I feel very disappointed!

well i did stop at the CW stall and ask the guy if he was you but you'd buggered off somewhere else so there you go. the cult of celebrity. you should have been there for your public!! and i told the guy on the stall (sorry i'm shit at remembering names) how impressed i always am by the refreshingly blunt covers of class war the paper and then we moaned about the dicks at the london bookfair in weatherspoons for a bit so he might remember me. class war paper covers, no namby pamby catering to milky liberal sensibilities. lots of blood. i love it. grin can i have a free t-shirt now?? wink

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Nov 14 2005 19:43

Hi Lucy, I do remember you. I'm the speccy greying bloke on the CW stall - named Dave. I'll let you buy a T shirt from me in Manchester next month, we can haggle.

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Nov 14 2005 21:25
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well i did stop at the CW stall and ask the guy if he was you but you'd buggered off somewhere else grin can i have a free t-shirt now?? :wink:

Sorry - in Marxist terms I was reproducing my labour - i.e. I was having my dinner downstairs!

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Nov 15 2005 09:32
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Drunken punks staggering about spilling Special Brew - 0

Dodgy Searchlight types - 1

Bakunin type beards - 0

ICC score - 0

Fights - 0

This is very true.

The average age of a visitor was probably around 35-40. Very few funny hairstyles, piercings, tshirts of bad bands (sorry Comrade Ironman D!) and so on.

And no sound system.

In the end, i guess you can call it a good day grin

yeah, no AF!?!?!? Well, upwards and onwards, hope there are more and more of these local events, could perhaps have some talks as well in the future if people are interested.

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Nov 15 2005 12:42

Apoologies from the AF. WE all had problems as individuals. Don't want to go into details here. We wish we'd been along.

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Nov 15 2005 13:05

no worries mate. Tip for the next time: just send the stuff through and someone can help with doing the stall smile

JDMF a.k.a. spontaneous bookseller for the AK distribution

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Nov 15 2005 14:29

It all happened rather late in the day, but thanks for the offer.

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Nov 15 2005 17:56

The venue, the Bolton Socialist Club, is a real interesting place. There's a display of it's radical history in the dining room. Unfortunately when I was trying to read them people were eating so I couldn't get to them all.

Does anyone know if there's a potted history that I can get hold of, a pamphlet or something on the internet?

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Nov 17 2005 13:02
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ticking_fool wrote:

I'd completely forgotten about this, but hopefully by posting this reply I'll remember that it's on and turn up.

were you there mate?

Yeah, a couple of us came up, but I went all shy as I'm wont to do and didn't really talk to anyone. (I was the chap with the long black hair looking mopey (yes I'm a bloody cliche, and proud!!)). Came away with a history of the Swing riots and one of the Levellers though, neither of which I'd ever seen before, so that was good.

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Nov 17 2005 17:32

i was hoping youd be the crusty punk in traditional crusty punk clothes with the interesting pale as death girlfriend. tongue

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Nov 17 2005 17:38
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i was hoping youd be the crusty punk in traditional crusty punk clothes with the interesting pale as death girlfriend.

Sorry - slightly ill looking goth with a chap in a herringbone jacket. We're both called Matt though, if that helps make it any more interesting.

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Nov 17 2005 17:39

well its an interesting combination. don't see that many goths hanging around with chaps in herringbone jackets. sounds sort of bridesheadrevisited means jillys rockworld or something.

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Nov 17 2005 17:49
ticking_fool wrote:

Yeah, a couple of us came up, but I went all shy as I'm wont to do and didn't really talk to anyone. (I was the chap with the long black hair looking mopey (yes I'm a bloody cliche, and proud!!)).

Its hard work coming to these events when everyone else seems to know each other, we should try a social next time, just time didnt really permit, (I only heard about the event 5 days before it happened), just bear that in mind for the Manchester Bookfair....

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Nov 26 2005 15:50
creepyoller wrote:
The venue, the Bolton Socialist Club, is a real interesting place. There's a display of it's radical history in the dining room. Unfortunately when I was trying to read them people were eating so I couldn't get to them all.

Does anyone know if there's a potted history that I can get hold of, a pamphlet or something on the internet?

The latest North West Labour History Journal has a superb article on Bolton Socialist Club in it - the article talks about anarchists like Kropotkin talking here at Bolton, plus it mentions the great Boltonian co-operartive Sarah Reddish. Also in NWLH journal is an article on the Clarion Hut, another interesting venue up our way with which many anarchists have been involved.

http://www.wcml.org.uk/nwlhg/home.html

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Nov 27 2005 16:42
Mitch wrote:
creepyoller wrote:
The venue, the Bolton Socialist Club, is a real interesting place. There's a display of it's radical history in the dining room. Unfortunately when I was trying to read them people were eating so I couldn't get to them all.

Does anyone know if there's a potted history that I can get hold of, a pamphlet or something on the internet?

The latest North West Labour History Journal has a superb article on Bolton Socialist Club in it - the article talks about anarchists like Kropotkin talking here at Bolton, plus it mentions the great Boltonian co-operartive Sarah Reddish. Also in NWLH journal is an article on the Clarion Hut, another interesting venue up our way with which many anarchists have been involved.

http://www.wcml.org.uk/nwlhg/home.html

Thanks, I'll have a look at that.