Swindon Trades Council will host the third Radical Bookfair on Saturday 17 September, from 11am, at Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square.
The Bookfair involves national and local booksellers and publishers, political parties and groups. It also includes talks by trade unionists on a variety of topics and issues.
A large number of stall holders will be present to sell their books, pamphlets and newspapers, teeshirts and other items. There will be four talks over the day and a short walking tour of historical landmarks in Swindon town centre.
One of the guest speakers will deliver a talk on Neurosexism and its impact under the title ‘Delusions of Gender,’ a summary of which recently appeared over three days in the daily newspaper, the Morning Star.
Dee Curd, Swindon TUC Chair, and activist with the public sector union Unison said: “This is our third Radical Bookfair, the only event of its kind in the South of England. The first two were amazing successes and hundreds of people came along, bought books, listened to talks and met many like minded people.
“It is an important event, and any profits form the day will go to the Swindon TUC Social Centre Fund. We are hoping to establish a centre as a meeting place and political library – we are flexible about this and are looking at a number of options.”
Jon Timbrell, Swindon TUC Secretary and activist in the Largest teaching union – the NUT said: “Swindon TUC brings together trade unions from across the town and the Bookfair is one of a number of events which we organise.
“In February we held a dinner to celebrate 125 years of the Swindon TUC and in May we organised a procession in the Railway Village to commemorate the tremendous contribution made by the workers in Swindon’s railway works to the 1926 General Strike.
“This autumn we will be launching a radical film club, which will show left wing films by leading directors, such as Ken Loach, who we hope will be able to attend one of our film shows as speak about his life. We want to play our part celebrating the lives of working class people in Swindon and elsewhere, and show our support for workers struggling against bad employers and bad landlords.”
Meetings of Swindon Trades Council take place on the first Wednesday of the month in the Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square. For further details please contact John Timbrell via email@example.com or visit the Swindon TUC Facebook group.