All the tables are booked! We have a great range of radical booksellers, publishers, zine makers, DIY and small press this year.


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We are currently updating the website with our list of stall holders and programme of talks. Keep an eye out as we will be adding exhibitors throughout the week, plus updating the food venues page with some great vegan places to eat.


Save the date: 24th of June!

Registration for the 2017 London Radical Bookfair will be opening in a few days. For the second year running, the bookfair will be held in the Great Hall at Goldsmiths University, in South East London.

Apart from a wide range of radical booksellers, authors and publishers, there will also be stalls with comix and zine makers, artists and exhibitions, plus workshops and talks.

You can download the official 2017 London Radical Bookfair poster here for social media purposes.

If you also need posters or flyers, let us know.

More info coming soon!

London Radical Bookfair 2017

The 2017 London Radical Bookfair will be on Saturday 24th of June at Goldsmiths University, New Cross. We are currently updating our website and FB page. More info to follow very very shortly. Stay tuned! For enquiries email Cristina at cristina[at]housmans[dot]com

The bookfair is on! 

For a list of all our 100 or so bookselleing and zinemaking stallholders please click here

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A programme of our speakers can be found here:
The talks at the bookfair this year are centered on three themes:
1. Shortlisted authors from the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing,
2. Shortlisted authors from the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, and
3. In solidarity with the Goldsmiths Cut The Rent students, currently engaged in a rent strike at Goldsmiths, as well as with those rent striking at other universities, there we will be a series of talks and workshops looking at different aspects of the housing struggle – hosted by Brick Lane Debates.

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There will also be music throughout the day at Speakers Corner, which will be located outside the main doors. Not technically connected with the bookfair, but nonetheless, immediately after the bookfair finishes, from 6pm-9pm, there will be music in the Student Union from Sharon Gal, Marlo Eggplant and Sly & the Family Drone, as part of the “Fringes, Outsides and Undergrounds: The aesthetics and politics of unpopular music” conference. Entry is free, and all are welcome. For more details on all the above visit
Spread the word and see you there!

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London Radical Bookfair 2016: 7th May, Goldsmith’s University

LRBlogo300dpi 2016jpgDelighted to announce that the London Radical Bookfair 2016 will be taking place on the 7th May at Goldsmith’s University. Please save the date.

Check the tabs above for more information on everything that will be happening on the day.

This year’s bookfair is supported by the Centre for Cultural Studies, with the Departments of English and Comparative Literature, Media and Communications, Politics and International Relations, Sociology, Visual Culture, and Goldsmiths Press.  Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Photo report from the 2015 Bookfair

Thanks so much to everyone who took part and made it a special day: readers, writers, publihsers, booksellers, artists, judges. Here are some photos from the day, taken by the wonderful Asya Gefter

See you all next year! Saturday May 7th 2016 is the date for your diary,,,,

London Radical Bookfair 2015: The Tanner St Takeover, 9th May 12-7pm

The London Radical Bookfair 2015 is on! After taking over Bishopsgate Institute last year the LRB, along with our partners at Alternative Press, are taking over 5 floors of a beautifully renovated Victorian warehouse at 47/49 Tanner Street near Tower Bridge.

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Lots more details to announce, including the speaker line up and exhibitors, but for now save the all important date: 9th May 12-7pm

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London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover 2014


After last year’s successful inaugural event, the London Radical Bookfair returns bigger and better, this year teaming up with the Alternative Press gang to takeover all three floors of Bishopsgate Institute, opposite Liverpool Street station. 130 exhibitors, author events, book awards, workshops and more.

Have a look at the Guest Speakers & Stalls page for a breakdown on London Radical Bookfair-related speakers and exhibitors, and the Alternative Press site for details of their line-up.

Spread the word and hope to see you there!

Report from the first London Radical Bookfair


The first-ever London Radical Bookfair, hosted by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, was held at Conway Hall on Saturday, 11 May 2013. Hundreds of people packed into the hall to pour over radical literature on the 50 stalls, listen to talks from 20 guest speakers, and celebrate the writing shortlisted in 2 book prizesthe ARB’s  Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the Little Rebels’ Children’s Book Award.


The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing went to Hsiao-Hung Pai for ‘Scattered Sand’, a shocking account of the struggles faced by millions of impoverished and marginalised workers from China’s rural core to its industrial powerhouse cities, published by Verso. Guest judges Nina Power and Laura Oldfield Ford presented the prize to Verso’s Sarah Shin, who stepped up to receive it on behalf of Ms Pai, who owing to ‘flu could not be present.


Sarah Garland discussing her book, ‘Azzi In Between’.

The first-ever Little Rebels’ Children’s Book Award went to Sarah Garland for ‘Azzi In Between’, a short graphic novel which details one family’s escape from war and their adjustment to life in a new country. The book is based on the author’s experiences among refugee families, and is published by Frances Lincoln. Guest Judge Wendy Cooling presented the award of £500 and a print by Guardian cartoonist Ros Asquith.

The wheels are already in motion to grow the event for next year and establish it as a permanent fixture on the radical publishing calendar. A big thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the event a success. Special thanks to Adam of I’ve Read That for the photos.


The main hall was packed out for much of the day.


As well as a cheque for £500 Sarah Garland was awarded a framed picture of ‘little rebels’ by Guardian cartoonist, Ros Asquith


Standing room only for talks in the Brockway Room.


Bookselling action!


For that flagging blood sugar – cake from Veggies of Nottingham .


Bread and Roses award nominee Danny Dorling presents the central thesis of his data-packed ‘No-Nonsense Guide to Equality’, that greater equality is good for everyone.


Sal from Liverpool’s excellent radical community booksellers News from Nowhere, who celebrate their 40th anniversary next year.


Freedom Bookshop’s Andy Meinke reported on the latest news of how the shop was getting back on its feet after being fire-bombing earlier in the year.

More photos at our Facebook page here.
A review of the day from Pluto Press here.
Thoughtful reflections as to what next for the book fair from Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves publications here. As Ross points out, we most likely will be looking to expand the event into a larger venue next year.

Please do share your own thoughts and feedback by posting in the comments below.
See you next year!