Oxford Working Class Bookfair

working-class-book-fairThe CPGB have booked a stall at this event over in Oxford on June 20 and some of us from Milton Keynes will be going over to help out, look at the other stalls and books, and generally take part in what looks like an interesting day. If you are going over from the MK area and would like to meet up then drop us an email.

The full details, as presented on the OWCB website:

1ST Oxford Working Class Bookfair!

Saturday 20 June, 11 am – 6 pm
Ruskin College, Walton Street, Oxford

We cordially invite YOU to visit the 1st ever OXFORD WORKING CLASS BOOKFAIR! There will be books, talks, workshops, short films and more books and magazines . . .

We plan to recover/reclaim some of the hidden history of Oxford, with its gallery of rogues, rebels and revolutionaries, to touch upon some topics of contemporary relevance to the man & woman on the street today, provide quality entertainment, discuss the big issues past and present & hopefully have a real good time to boot! – All in a relaxed and warm atmosphere!

The range of local groups invited includes; political groups, Trade Unions, community groups, campaign groups, booksellers and history societies. If you would like to have a stall email us at the address above!

The event will include a commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the 1909 RUSKIN COLLEGE STUDENT STRIKE, a pioneering student uprising for independent working class education, that saw students breakaway to form a radical education and self-help networks based on an alternative progressive view of what education could be. They argued that it wasn’t enough for the working class to have limited extended access to higer education, but rather that they needed a fundamentally different kind of education, curriculum & pedagogy to meet their needs and the needs of the class. They were involved in the PLEBS LEAGUE (a grassroots education iniative) and set up an anti-capitalist education network of CENTRAL LABOUR COLLEGES, many of the leaders of the student uprising were miners and trade unionists who went on to be authors of THE MINERS NEXT STEP, a classic text of rank & file trade unionism and syndicalism written in S.Wales.

Along the way, we will learn the story of the RED SHIRTS, a group set up at Ruskin College to sabotage the attempts of Oswald Mosely’s fascist BLACK SHIRTS to get a base in 1930s Oxford & consider how we fight against fascism & racism today.

There will also be workshops and talks on people’s history, radical bookselling, situationism/dada/surrealism, popular education, music, culture, trade union & labour history, feminism/women’s liberation, social ecology & climate, war & empire etc.

More information about speakers, events and other happenings planned will appear on our page shortly – watch this space! Sponsors include the local I.W.W and Oxford & District TUC

A flyer to distribute or pin on noticeboards can be downloaded here

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