About

The Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair has been running annually since 2010.

The 2017 Bookfair is between 10am-6pm on Saturday the 12th of August at Brunswick Town Hall, 223 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne.

The Bookfair sees thousands of people every year enjoying 40+ vendors sharing, selling and giving away zines, pamphlets, books, clothing, badges and all kinds of knowledge and information, and to partake in more than a dozen workshops and plenaries on anarchism, indigenous sovereignty, land rights and colonialism, sexism and gender, feminism, justice, sexual assault, workplace struggles, community spaces, environmental action and much more. Every year build on the ideas and networking, and welcome a broader audience and participation.Find us on Twitter, Facebook.

How to get there

  • Tram: Stop 21 of the Route 19 stops outside our venue, Brunswick Town Hall.
  • Train: Jewell or Brunswick Stations on the Upfield Line.
  • Bus: The Sydney Rd stop on Route 506 from Westgarth and the Dawson St stop on Route 506 from Moonee Ponds.
  • Car: Navigate to Brunswick Town Hall, Parking is available in the vicinity, fees beyond our control may apply.
  • Bicycle: Turn east from the Upfield Bike Path at Dawson St.


Support for parents and carers with children

We have a kid’s space staffed by a qualified child care worker running all day.

If you are interested in facilitating a kid-friendly activity at this year’s Bookfair, or if you are interested in volunteering for childcare, please contact us!

Volunteering

It takes collective involvement to create and maintain community spaces and events, we welcome sharing the responsibility of making the Bookfair happen! If you can help with set-up, door, clean up and childcare, please contact an orgainser on the day to offer your assistance.

Principles

The Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair is for a society based on mutual aid and voluntary co-operation – against all forms of government and economic oppression – and believe everyone should share in the general prosperity. We struggle to break down racial, religious, national and sex barriers, and to fight for a just world without borders.

  1. The Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair Collective affirms and promotes values of mutual aid, direct and participatory democracy, anti-authoritarianism, autonomy and solidarity. We reiterate our opposition to capitalism, imperialism, patriarchy, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, racism, colonialism, statism and all other forms of oppression; anyone that perpetuates or promotes these attitudes is not welcome at the bookfair.
  2. The collective will respect the autonomy of individuals, groups and booksellers who participate in the bookfair and related activities.
  3. The Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair is a space to network around, highlight and aid struggles, both local and international.
  4. The Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair strives to promote anarchist ideas through workshops as well as the bookfair itself, be that the introduction of these ideas to the public, or the elaboration of these ideas and dialogue between anarchist tendencies. We have a spirit of openness towards the different traditions, visions, and practices of anarchism.
  5. Priority within the bookfair itself will be on the written word (books, pamphlets, zines) by groups including publishers, distributors, and action-oriented groups as well as individuals. We will also accept, on a case-by-case basis, information and participation from community/activist groups, small publishers, and vendors of materials such as buttons, T-shirts, films, music or patches who fit within these principles; we encourage these groups to also source reading material wherever possible.
  6. Recognising that Australia is stolen land we will work to include indigenous people and information about indigenous struggles in the bookfair.
  7. We do not accept the participation of political parties or groups affiliated with political parties at the bookfair.
  8. All decisions are by consensus of the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair Collective. All face-to-face meeting decisions are deemed to have the consensus also of absent members if after three working days of posting the minutes to the e-list there are no objections. Only active collective members who have been to at least two meetings can block consensus. If a member is away from two meetings without an apology they are deemed to have become inactive. A quick decision-making process is as follows: a proposal is put to the e-list and clearly designated urgent and if no one objects within three working days it is deemed to have consensus.

These principles where adapted from those of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair.

 

About the organisers

The people on the A Events Melbourne organising collective of the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair are from a variety of anarchist and activist groups which include or have included: Anarchist Affinity, Anarchist Feminists, Barricade Bookshop, Eureka Campaign, Guerrilla Gardeners, Industrial Workers of the World, Kate Sharpley Library, the Melbourne Anarchist Club, the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation (ASF-IWA), Melbourne Indymedia, Ned Ludd Appreciation Society, Friday Free Shop, The Sharehood, Squatters and Unwaged Workers Airwaves (SUWA), 3CR, Tunnerminawait & Maulboyhneer Commemoration Group, Upsiders, Wednesday Action Group, and Workers Solidarity Network. We also organise Camp Anarchy in March every year.

Contact us

Get in touch using the contact form!

Donate

Do you think an Anarchist Bookfair in Melbourne is a great idea but don’t have time to help out? Why not donate? If you can, please make a direct deposit into our bank account:

Name: A Melbourne Events
BSB: 814-282
Account: 31139932