Oct 21 2014

The 18th Edinburgh Radical Book Fair, 22nd-26th October

 

The 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair   –  the alternative international book festival – organized by Word Power Books, (http://www.word-power.co.uk) will take place from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 October 2014 in Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG, Scotland, UK. Doors open on Wednesday 22 October 2014 at 6.00pm. There will be at least 70 publishers displaying their books for you to purchase and many events for you to attend.  There will be a cafe and a bar open during course the five days of the Book Fair. Admission is free but a monetary donation would be appreciated!

 

Edinburgh Radical Book Fair in the Out of the Blue centre

Edinburgh Radical Book Fair in the Out of the Blue centre

 

Writers and activists coming to the Book Fair include:

 

OWEN JONES, CATRIONA MACIVER, OLIVER MAYES, NINA FEDENCZUK, JULIA MACINTOSH, ROB SEWELL, MURRAY ARMSTRONG, CAT BOYD, ALASTAIR MCINTOSH, LESLEY RIDDOCH, CATRIONA MACIVER, OLIVER MAYES, PENNY COLE, LEE BUNCE, JAMIE MCKENZIE HAMILTON, DAVE SHERRY, RYAN RODRICK BEILER, DERVLA MURPHY, RAJA SHEHADEH, IAN CROFTON, SARAH BROWNE, ESTHER BREITENBACH, RYAN NICODEMUS, JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN, JAMES MEEK, ROBIN MCALPINE, DOMINIC HINDE, VONNY MOYES, CHRISTOPHER SILVER, JOHN BARKER, MIKE SMALL, SATNAM VIRDEE, NEIL DAVIDSON, JOANNA DOBSON, JENNY MOLLISON, JUDY WILKINSON, RONA WILKINSON, KATHLEEN JAMIE, MANDY HAGGITH, ESTHER WOOLFSON, and others. Further, two films will be shown: Scotland Yet: A Film About Independence by JACK FOSTER and CHRISTOPHER SILVER, and The Anarchist Rabbi by ADAM KOSSOFF.  Scroll down to see details of individual events.

 

 Photographic Exhibition  

There will be a photographic exhibition by ActiveStills, Shooting the Occupation: The Palestinian Villages of Popular Resistance, throughout the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair.

 

Events 

OWEN JONES, author of Chavs, opens the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair, and discusses his latest book, The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It

22/10/2014 19:00

 

CATRIONA MACIVER and OLIVER MAYES of Tara Books present a Visit the Bhil Carnival Pop-Up Workshop for School Pupils, at at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

23/10/2014 10:30

NINA FEDENCZUK and JULIA MACINTOSH of Personal Wealth discuss Conversations That Matter in Workplace Unions, at at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

23/10/2014 14:30

ROB SEWELL discusses his latest book, Germany: From Revolution to Counter Revolution, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

23/10/2014 17:30

 

MURRAY ARMSTRONG launches his book, The Liberty Tree: The Stirring Story of Thomas Muir and Scotland’s First Fight for Democracy, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

23/10/2014 18:30

 

CAT BOYD, ALASTAIR MCINTOSH and LESLEY RIDDOCH discuss the past, present and future of Scotland, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

23/10/2014 19:30

 

CATRIONA MACIVER and OLIVER MAYES of Tara Books present a Visit the Bhil Carnival Pop-Up Workshop for School Pupils, at at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

24/10/2014 10:30

 

PENNY COLE, LEE BUNCE and JAMIE MCKENZIE HAMILTON discuss the dangers of fracking in Scotland and beyond, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

24/10/2014 12:30

 

Film screening of Scotland Yet: A Film About Independence by Jack Foster and Christopher Silver, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

24/10/2014 15:30

 

DAVE SHERRY discusses his latest book, Empire and Revolution: A Socialist History of the First World War, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

24/10/2014 17:30

 

RYAN RODRICK BEILER discusses the exhibition, Shooting the Occupation: The Palestinian Villages of Popular Resistance, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

24/10/2014 18:30

 

DERVLA MURPHY, author of A Month by the Sea, and RAJA SHEHADEH, author of Occupation Diaries, discuss Palestine, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

24/10/2014 19:30

 

IAN CROFTON discusses his latest book, Walking the Border: A Journey Between Scotland and England, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

25/10/2014 10:30

 

SARAH BROWNE launches her book, The Women’s Liberation Movement in Scotland, in discussion with ESTHER BREITENBACH, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

25/10/2014 11:45

 

RYAN NICODEMUS and JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN, the Minimalists, discuss Everything That Remains, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

25/10/2014 13:00

 

JAMES MEEK discusses his latest book, Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

25/10/2014 14:30

 

ROBIN MCALPINE, DOMINIC HINDE, VONNY MOYES, and CHRISTOPHER SILVER discuss Changing Scotland’s Media, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

25/10/2014 16:15

 

JOHN BARKER launches his new novel, Futures, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

25/10/2014 17:30

Film Screening of The Anarchist Rabbi at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

25/10/2014 18:30

 

MIKE SMALL, editor of Bella Caledonia, showcases the best of media in a multimedia talk, followed by Indy cabaret, song, poetry and music, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

25/10/2014 20:00

 

SATNAM VIRDEE and NEIL DAVIDSON launch their latest books and discuss Race and Nation in Scotland and England, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

26/10/2014 10:45

 

JOANNA DOBSON, JENNY MOLLISON, JUDY WILKINSON and RONA WILKINSON discuss Raising Spirits: Allotments, Well-Being and Community, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

26/10/2014 12:00

 

KATHLEEN JAMIE, MANDY HAGGITH and ESTHER WOOLFSON discuss Women, Nature and Wilderness, at the 18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

26/10/2014 15:30

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Oct 20 2014

MORE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE RCN’S ‘WHAT WE STAND FOR’

The RCN will be debating new amendments to our ‘What We Stand For’ on our annual weekend away being  held on November 8th. The first set of amendments proposed by Allan Armstrong were posted at:- http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/08/09/proposed-amendments-to-the-rcns-what-we-stand-for/. Eric Chester has proposed another set of amendments,which are posted below.

 

Add to point 5: We call for the immediate withdrawal from NATO and the European Union. We will work toward the formation of a federation of European states.

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Oct 11 2014

AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 18th REFERENDUM VOTE – A socialist republican response

In the aftermath of the September 18th Scottish independence referendum, Allan Armstrong (RCN) updates his earlier piece (http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/09/03/up-to-and-beyond-the-september-18th-independence-referendum-a-socialist-republican-perspective/).

 

A Movement-in-the-making

The campaign for Scottish independence has been the largest movement for popular democracy seen in these islands since the Irish War of Independence. In terms of electoral participation it was unprecedented. Voter registration was 97% and voter turnout was 85%.

The ‘Yes’ alliance faced the biggest ruling class offensive, backed by the UK state, since the Miners’ Strike. Only this time it brought together the combined Tory/Lib-Dem/Labour ‘Better Together’ ‘No’ alliance, UKIP, Ulster unionists, the Orange Order, other Loyalists, British fascists, the BBC, the Pope and the Free Presbyterian Church, and the US and Chinese governments!

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Oct 04 2014

AFTER THE REFERENDUM – TWO VIEWS FROM ENGLAND

The Radical Independence Campaign pit the struggle for Scottish self-determination in an international context. RIC sent speakers to England, Ireland and Catalunya, and invited speakers from England, Wales, Ireland, Catalunya, Euskadi, France and Greece.In England members of both the Left Unity Party (LUP) and the Republican Socialist Alliance organised meetings in London, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.

In the aftermath of the September 18th, Steve Freeman (RSA and LUP/Scottish Republic Yes Tendency) and Paul Feldman (RSA and World to Win) provide their analysis of the campaign and its political consequences.

 

 1.  AFTER SEPTEMBER 18th by Steve Freeman

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Elizabrit “purrs with delight” over the ‘No’ result

 

England – nationalism versus republicanism

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Oct 03 2014

‘THE STORY OF SANDY BELLS: EDINBURGH’S WORLD FAMOUS BAR’ – A review

Allan Armstrong (RCN) writes a review of Gillian Ferguson’s new book, The Story of Sandy Bells: Edinburgh’s World Famous Bar.

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Sandy Bells on Forrest Road is “Edinburgh’s World famous Folk Bar”, as the subtitle to Gillian Ferguson’s informative and entertaining new book, The Story of Sandy Bells, tells us.

Gillian is not exaggerating. Traditional and folk music enthusiasts do come from all over the world to visit Sandy Bells. “The traditional music department at Tokyo University recommends Sandy Bells to students visiting Scotland.” In 1977 Sandy Bells

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Sep 25 2014

WHAT NOW FOR THE RADICAL INDEPENDENCE CAMPAIGN?

Allan Armstrong (RCN) has written the following article for the September RCN Radical Independence Campaign Special Bulletin, which will be distributed at the RIC National Forum in Glasgow on September 27th.

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Nobody could have anticipated the rise of the Radical Independence Campaign, nor the form it would take. It has been moulded by the largest movement for popular democracy seen in these isles since the Irish War of Independence, and by a new clamouring for political participation and far-reaching changes, not only in Scotland, but across the globe. RIC has been a big success, despite displaying some of the political and organisational weaknesses found in works-in-progress.

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Sep 25 2014

TWO ARTICLES ON NORTHERN IRELAND

Category: Against Unionism,IrelandRCN @ 2:34 pm

 We are printing two articles from the Socialist Democracy (Ireland) website examining aspects of politics in Northern Ireland:- 

1. Peter Robinson repudiates peace deal. Another step towards the abyss.

2. Paisley, the chief bigot is dead. The sectarian state lives on.

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1. PETER ROBINSON REPUDIATES THE PEACE DEAL. ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS THE ABYSS

Peter Robinson shows his wholehearted support for the Peace Process!

Peter Robinson shows his wholehearted support for the Peace Process!

 

The statement by the North’s first minister Peter Robinson that the local administration is “not fit for purpose” and that the St. Andrew ‘s agreement, on which the current settlement rests, must be renegotiated has brought cries of horror from the press and from London and Dublin governments who have been accommodating an accelerating slide to the right by unionism.

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Sep 24 2014

LETTER TO THE MOMENTARILY DISHEARTENED

Murdo Ritchie (RCN) gives his take on the situation we face immediately after the referendum. This was first posted on Murdo’s blog at http://murdoritchie.blog.co.uk/2014/09/23/letter-to-the-momentarily-disheartened-19453755/

 
It IS a wonderful campaign. David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown are deluding themselves if they really believe the Prime Minister’s press statement that, “now the debate has been settled for a generation or as Alex Salmond has said for a lifetime.”

I’ve met a number of people from the Yes campaign who appear depressed, but I doubt this will last. I never believed it would come near fifty per cent, so I’ve never been disappointed. Indeed I’m amazed that forty-five per cent of a high turnout were prepared to abandon their primary legal national identity to create a fairer Scotland. That’s a big number; that’s a big 1.6 million strong army.

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Sep 19 2014

MESSAGE FROM EDINBURGH RIC TO THE ‘GO FOR IT SCOTLAND’ RALLY IN CARDIFF ON SEPTEMBER 13th

The Radical Independence Campaign was asked to send a message to the ‘Go For It Scotland’ Rally in Cardiff on September 13th. Edinburgh RIC took on the responsibility for this, and the following statement was agreed at the Edinburgh RIC branch on September 8th.

 

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Leanne Wood addressing ‘Scotland Go For It’ rally in Cardiff

Thanks and greetings to the organisers and those attending this Welsh rally for Scottish independence. People from Wales have already been up to Scotland to help the ‘Yes’ campaign. On July 22nd, Leanne Wood made very stirring speech of solidarity to a Radical Independence Campaign meeting in Glasgow.

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Sep 17 2014

SCOTTISH REFERENDUM: The Crown versus the People – England’s case for voting ‘Yes’

This pamphlet, written by Steve Freeman of the Republican Socialist Alliance, provides the reasons why the people of England should support a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum of September 18th.

 

The pamphlet is a summary of arguments used over the summer of 2014 in the run up to the Scottish referendum. The context was the attempt by Left Unity members to persuade the new party to support a yes vote. When the yes position narrowly lost at conference a few comrades set up the ‘Scottish Republic Yes Tendency’. The case here was made briefly at the “London Says Yes” rally on September 6th which is the cut off date for rapidly moving events. We wait to see what the Scottish people decide.

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