Friday, 7 March 2014

Solidarity Books is closing

To all friends of Solidarity Books,

Unfortunately we have some bad news: Solidarity Books is closing on March 31st. Since opening in 2009 we’ve sold tons of radical literature, dozens of campaign groups have utilised our meeting and storage space, and we’ve hosted hundreds of talks, film showings, Veg Outs, and several book launches. It’s a volunteer-run, non-hierarchically organised effort, and we hope it has made a decent contribution to the battle of ideas in this era of neoliberal hegemony. However after four and a half years, the project is no longer viable for us. Our income has been struggling to keep up with expenses for quite a while, and our core organising group is unfortunately lacking the numbers and energy to turn that around.

Although we can’t keep Solidarity Books open, we hope that it won’t be long before other radicals open a space for radical books and resistance in Cork. Such projects can count on our support, unsold books, and whatever else we can do to help. Indeed a few of us would love to work with new people on a new radical space project for Cork, and anyone who’d like to start talking about such a project can forward their email to or our facebook page, so we can put people in touch with each other.

As should be expected of a closing book shop, we’ll be having a closing down sale. And as should be expected of a closing anarchist book shop, we’ll be having a brilliant farewell party. Watch this space for more info on them; we’re thinking about 50% off for the former, and lots of ska music for the latter.

Solidarity Books could not have survived for so long were it not for the countless people who supported the bookshop in multiple ways. Many went out of their way to buy books and coffee from us, over a hundred people at some stage did the voluntary work of covering a shop shift, and lots of generous people donated us books, couches, and even mugs for tea. To all of them, we’d like to say a heartfelt thank you.

In this world of structured commodified social relations, solidarity is forcefully restricted to the family and “the nation” (i.e. showing solidarity with the nation’s elite). We hope in our books and in providing space for Occupy Cork, the Campaign Against the Household and Water Taxes, Cork Women’s Right to Choose, Anti-Deportation Ireland and many other groups resisting the insane logic of capitalism, that we have played a part in expanding the scope for human freedom, in building a world based on a solidarity among equals. It may have only been a few drops in an ocean, but, as Adam Ewing reminds us, an ocean is just a multitude of drops.

The Solidarity Books collective, March 2014.