Leith’s May Day Book Fair


Event Details


We’re thrilled to bring together Lighthouse – Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop, Sfbbooks, Lavender Menace Returns & Elvis Shakespeare for some bookish May Day celebrations!

A FREE one-day festival of ideas, celebrating community and working class voices on everything from the Arts to Environmentalism!

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, takes place on May First and celebrations unfold throughout the week to include the Edinburgh May Day march 2019 on Saturday 4th and a number of worker and community led events you can follow at the Edinburgh and Lothians May Day page.

Our May Day Book Fair will include book stalls with new and second-hand books on all subjects for all ages with a rich offering of left and progressive publishing! We’ll also be hosting panel events and performances on topics as varied a women’s labour, the gig economy, climate change and gentrification. If you’re lucky there might even be some live music and poetry!

Talk will include

12-1pm – The future of Work and the Gig Economy with Layla-Roxanne Hill chairing Annie Miller (Basic Income Handbook), Lynne Pettinger (What’s Wrong With Work?) & Katherine Trebeck (The Economics of Arrival)

2-3pm – Gentrification and Community Organising with Stuart Hodkinson (Safe as Houses author) & Linda Somerville from the Save Leith Walk Campaign.

4-5pm – The Arts in Scotland with Laura Waddell (Nasty Women, Tramp Press), Khaleda Noon (Intercultural Youth Scotland), Anne Pia – Writer

We’ll also have mini workshops on food justice from Nourish and tour with Invisible Cities.

There will be a Scottish Folklore storytelling session to start the day off too, so bring all the family!

The event will be completely FREE to attend, and anyone can come along.

That said, our venue and staff costs come to over £300 so anything you can chip in would be much appreciated, either donating through eventbrite in advance or through the collection tin on the day!

If you are a community or activist group operating in Leith and you’d like to have a stall or stand, shoot an email at books@lighthousebookshop.com, and if you’re organisation or group is interested in fielding a speaker on any of the above topics do let us know too!

ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is accessible, with a ramp to the side of the building and also a lift up to the centre, and accessible toilets. There will be seating through the venue and a ‘quiet’ area with stim toys. All speakers will use microphones during their event.

If you require any assistance to come along/have any other questions please do let us know: books@lighthousebookshop.com

This event will operate under the Lighthouse Safe Spaces Policy which you can read here: https://bit.ly/2UYQFto

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