One week to go until the second edition of Dorset Radical Bookfair, Moral Decay will be there pushing our stock and taking in what promises to be another great day of radical politics and a chance to catch up with friends old and make some new ones along the way. On Saturday Dorset Radical Bookfair Collective will take over Beaufort Community Centre down in sunny Bournemouth and there’s plenty of reasons why you should be there too.
The days events kick off at 11am and entry is free. You’ll find yourself surrounded by radicals from all corners, stall holders include Bristol Antifascists, Active Distribution, the Industrial Workers of the World and locals Wessex Solidarity. They’ll be all sorts on offer, from radical literature and zines to CDs and clothing, obviously enough badges and stickers to cover the county. Various campaigning and activist groups from across the spectrum, environmentalism, antifascism, trade unions, anarchist organisations and much more will be on hand to let you know what they’re up to and answer any burning questions you might have. Meetings and talks will be taking place throughout the day, see the bookfair website to find out whats scheduled. There will also be an edition of Working Class Question time with panelists including Lisa Mckenzie and Martin Lux from London Class War and, yours truly, John from Moral Decay.
It’s a family friendly event, there will be a childrens play area where kids can enjoy supervised play. Feeling hungry? Vegan food and refreshments will be available throughout the day, if it’s anything like last year it will be delicious and there will be cake.
If that’s not enough, get yourself down to the Riviera Bar in Boscombe from 7pm til 2am to dance the night away at the afterparty. For a recommended £5 donation you get DJ Geeza spinning some boss reggae tunes, Bristol militant Ska-Punk from Spanner, solid punk local boys Kickin’ Bambi and acoustic campfire squat punk outfit Mercurius Rising. If you’re looking for a little more bang for your buck (this is plenty of bang for a fiver already!) there will also be performances from Dan Kemp, fiddle player bringing you some anarcho-folk, Johnny L’s acoustic punk rock n’ roll and traveling band Undying Heads. All money goes to artist expenses and to help cover the cost of this years bookfair.
We’ll see you there! Be sure to drop by the stall and say hello. Just remember; no attention seekers, no grasses, no bigots, no cops and no scabs! Here’s to another great weekend of anarchy by the sea.