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INFORMATION on the project
Within Britain, Scotland and specifically Glasgow there are fewer and fewer outlets for independent and radical materials. Corporate bookshops rule the roost and offer little in the way of counter culture, radical voices or local independent materials. The Radical Independent Book-fair project (RIB) has come about to help redress this imbalance. RIB is a support structure for a number of individuals and groups who produce publications, information and materials for sale, view and free distribution. The project is self-financed by the participants, no public or corporate monies are involved, no one takes a wage, it is not party politically aligned and is autonomous from other organisations. The project is more than an occasional bookshop and travelling bookstall: it is also a temporary library, a videotheque, a meeting point (for discussion, distribution and ideas), as well as a place to come and have a coffee and a blether.
The RIB started running stalls and working with other organisations in October 2006, since then it has been involved in over well 40 events (some big, some small) including collaborations with film festivals, screenings, conferences, talks, punk gigs, and community events. It has utilised a range of venues - including Kinning Park Complex, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Pearce Institute, Nice N Sleazy, STUC, GFT, Friends Meeting House, the free Hetherington, Drumchapel Community Centre, Dows, Scotia bar, Lauries bar, Glasgow Social Centre, Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.
This ‘Book-fair’ has more in common with a wee bookshop than a large book festival. However there are four or five strands to each RiB... stuff for sale, things to swap, materials free to take away, library stock to view and events to engage in...
The bookshop stalls cover a number of publishers and presses in an eclectic mix. We stock various books, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, dvd’s, cd’s, badges, cards, prints, t-shirts and coffee. Some events will have a car or van load of all or most of the currently available stock - spread over about ten tables, others a trolley load for a single stall - where stock is usually tailored to each event. On occasion, when the event or venue is big enough or when we are collaborating with others there will be ‘guest’ stalls.
The RiB is planned as a long term project to assist others through the ideas of mutual aid and solidarity - if you have materials you would like us to help you distribute and/or if you want to collaborate on an event with us and/or you have or know of a free (or cheap) venue we could use in the future and/or if you would be able to help us with general publicity - please do get in touch. We are always looking for new materials and if we are available are happy to do a stall at your next free event...
"not by the book"