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Report from the Jan 4th Meeting

On Saturday the bookfair organising committee got the new year of to a good start by holding a rather productive final meeting before our campaign begins proper on the 1st of Feb.

There were six in attendance from a diverse array of backgrounds and Anarchist tendencies.

Our agenda was
– Review the poster brief
– Updating the website
– Invite list and method of application
– The timeline for organising
– Changed to the social media
– Volunteers
– Fundraising

For the posters we decided to go with an open call out for artists and comrades who wish to contribute their skills. We will be asking artists to choose one of the many issues prominent to the anarchist struggle right now and build a poster around that theme, We will then share it far and wide and make these resources for anyone to print and use. This brief will be shared on our website and on friendly websites over the next few days, but feel free to contact us if you would like us to send you a copy. There will be a deadline of the 1st of March for submissions.

The website is serviceable and functionary but we wanted to have a chat about ways in which we could improve this. As a primary concern we’ll be added a form for applications, so folk can book stalls and talks. We’re also going to include specific space for information of travel, schedule, volunteering and inclusion. This last one will include a contact form so people can let us know about any special assistance they might need.

Regarding our invite list, we decided (as it is rather expansive) we would take a passive position and let interested parties come to us. This is with the exception of groups who we would particularly like to attend and comrades wight otherwise not be aware of it.
This application form will be up prior to launch.

We discussed cost and tho we aren’t able to give an exact costing, we are intent on keeping this minimal and also on two tiers. Traders paying a stall cost and Non-Trading campaign groups paying a returnable deposit instead. This is to allow groups with no budget to attend as well as go to ensuring we don’t have empty tables.

We will also be holding a “non attending due to laws and borders” stall where we will feature materials from those unable to attend due issue such as Visas, incarceration or travel expense.

We will be utilising a modified timeline model shared to us via Bristol Anarchist Bookfair which has been converted to a general resource by members of the Anarchist Federation. We’ll be reviewing this over the next month and after our meeting in Feb will no doubt issue this forward as relevant so people can make plans to attend the various fundraisers, training sessions and meetings we are planning.

We chatted about how best to utilise Facebook and Twitter, increasing the number of admins and coming up with a regular posting habit, certainly from the 1st of Feb. So look forward to that!

While we’ve got pencilled in cover for things like security and child care, we had a chat about what other volunteers we’ll need on the day, and what preparation we might need for that. We’ll no doubt issue a call out much closer to the time but if you have an interest in being involved with bookfair in a “on the day” capacity feel free to drop us your contact and we’ll say hello closer to the time.

We’re starting from scratch here and probably punching a bit above our weight class here with some grand schemes in mind so fundraising it going to be an important one to get right. We discussed having a few good ol’ gigs and parties alongside a online campaign and a more simple “donate here” button on the website.

All of which we’ll probably be implementing over the next month, so watch this space and thank you to those who have already contributed! This material solidarity really is going to be put to good use!

Our next organising meeting will be on Sat 1st Feb at 6pm, if you would like to get involved in organising Bookfair 2020 say hello via email or private message.

Love and Rage

~ The Bookfair2020 Crew



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