Radical publishing presented by Alternative Press and the London Radical Bookfair
By Alternative Press (Guest Post)
Radical Booksellers and Publishers, Comix and Zine Makers, Artists and Activists, Book fair, Small Press fair, Exhibition, Workshops, Talks plus Ceremonies for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award… and let’s not forget to mention an alternative Speakers’ Corner – a nod to Hyde Park – the spiritual home of the British democratic tradition of soapbox oratory but with rappers, poets, singers, and a comedian… or #TangerineTony a performance art piece involving throwing, tangerines, and a picture of Tony Blair….
This and over 100 stallholders will make up Saturday’s Takeover 2015 – a free event, open to all, from 12pm- 7pm at 47-49 Tanner Street, SE1 3PL.
A collaboration between Alternative Press and The London Radical Bookfair, the Takeover is a series of annual events bringing together UK’s radical publishing and self-publishing communities. The first Takeover took place last year by taking over three floors of the Bishopsgate Institute – and 2015 has seen it grow. This year it’s literally taking over an entire Victorian warehouse… from the rooftop with an Alternative Press sculpture to the yard with a programme of screen-printing, game-playing, soap-boxing and zine-making.
A sample of some of the goodness on offer:
MAKE MONEY – screen-print your own £££ with Minesweeper Collective
STORY CITY – draw a board game and play with Fancy Butcher Press
Zine-In-A-Day – create a collective zine with Footprinter Workers Co-op
CREATING MONSTERS – illustrate the unknown with Juliet Sugg
ILLUSTRATE YOUR MANTRA – turn a quote into a postcard with Mike Medaglia
And Book Awards Ceremonies like no other – the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing (presented by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers) and the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award champion publications that are often passed over (rather short-sightedly) by other book prizes because of their radical content – and ultimately and importantly this is the essence of the Takeover. It’s an event where all these elements aren’t passed over for being ‘too radical’ or ‘too alternative’ – instead it’s championed. It will be a lovely day out and the best part is that it’s free… perfect if you’re broke in London!
What: Takeover 2015
When: Saturday 9th May, 12pm – 7pm
Where: 47-49 Tanner Street, SE1 3PL London
Alternative Press is a collective of artists dedicated to encouraging people to create their own art – to freely express themselves via self-publishing and zine-making. We do this through small press fairs, events, exhibitions and workshops.
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