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(en) Ireland, Interview with Dublin anarchist bookfair organiser

Date Sat, 18 Mar 2006 17:05:32 +0200

The first Dublin anarchist bookfair is being held by the WSM in St Nicholas
of Myra Hall in the heart of the Liberties, just off Francis Street on March
3rd and 4th. We interviewed Dermot, one of the organisers of the bookfair.
1. How come the Anarchist bookfair is in the Liberties
I came across the hall was when I was living in the Tenters and I was involved with
organising the local anti-bin tax campaign. We had a meeting in Scholars pub and
followed that up with a meeting in Carmen's hall - where we invited the TD's and
Councillors. None came except a man who worked for the city manager and he berated
us for not paying our bills. The Liberties has a proud tradition of working class people
standing up for themselves and that struggle was a little extension to that history.

The hall itself is a great resource and there is fantastic work carried
out there by John Gallagher and his many helpers. It provides a great
space for the community.

2. What sort of stalls can people expect to find there?

There will be loads of stalls selling books around self-organisation,
historical struggles, and the eternal quest for liberty. These are books
that aren't sold in the bigger bookshops because they contain
dangerous ideas about fighting back and changing our lives for the

There will be stalls with information about current struggles (such as
Rossport / Shell to Sea) and around other initatives such as Seomra
Spraoi. Also there will be a free shop - where you bring something
you no longer need and pick up something that you like.

3. Are there going to be meetings as well?

Yes there are going to be three meetings - one on Republicanism,
one on Social Space and one on the general ideas of the those who
call themselves Anarchists. The range of speakers includes local
activists, visitors from England and Canada and a former republican

4. Any other events that people can expect

Revolt Video - will be running a room full days worth of
underground films on Saturday. On Friday evening there will be a
folk gig - and a screening of a never before seen documentary on the
Miners Strike (1984) in Britain.

There will also be workshops thoughout the day on Saturday
covering various campaigns and causes from the Environment to
Woman's rights.

5. Who are you hoping to attract to the events

Well it's an event open to the public, we are hoping that people will
pop in during the day, pick up a program of events and go to the
things that they are attracted or interested in. I think that this event
also provides a perfect opportunity to come along and meet with
others who are actively involved in trying to make the world a better

For more on the bookfair see

Interview is being published in 'The Libertarian' a WSM produced
anarchist newletter for the Liberties and Portobello
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