Leith Festival of the Dead at the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh 18th – 19th August 2018


Inspired by the recent untimely and tragic death of Jace C Thompson and numerous other creative friends. Festival of the Dead’ on the 18th and 19th of August in Leith. Basing itself loosely on the Mexican Day of the Dead, the idea is to celebrate the life of various friends and show case their work. This will be a celebration, and also an attempt to highlight the plight of Leith due to gentrification, which threaten the area so many of us have close ties to. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the 20+ years of activities of the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh in it`s current premises and it `s connection with working class creativity and communities in Leith.





17.00 Exhibition of artwork by Jace C Thompson + Workshops / decorations/ with Rachel Burney, Carolyn Young and Rebel Radical DIY. Additional décor by Emma Westwater (Source Design) (family friendly session)

17.00-18.00 DJ Set + Live music by The Range of the Awful Hand’ playing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klwuR4jMD5c

18.00 till close… Open Mic: Poetry and Music readings for and from Sandie Craigie, Paul Reekie, Jace C. Thompson, John Doe, Kyle Vine, Ian Heaven (spunk press) and more. Readings by Kevin Williamson and others

We’ll be playing tracks, reading, showing art, and celebrating quite a few Leith faces. starting from John Doe, a musician who was known in many music communities from punk to rave scenes and was the feature of many good chats on sofas at after parties in Leith. We`ll aim to recreate these atmospheres, with a music selections, archival documentations and screenings.




17.00 Leith Beyond Gentrification: working class creativity and resistance.

This talk will explore some of the history of autonomous working class struggle in Leith, starting from the Broughton Street Unemployed Centre Occupation and the creation of the Autonomous Centre in 1997. Drawing from the booklet Up Against the State. The Battle of Broughton Street we wish to read the current gentrification of Leith as an assault on working class organising power.

with Scottish Radical Library, Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty, Living Rent & Save Leith Walk Campaign

18.00 Screenings Urban Decay / Self Organisation curated by Sacha Kahir

19.00 Rodney Relax poetry reading and visuals and poems for Jace and John Doe

Misrepresented, poetry and visuals.

Rodney Relax was born in St.Andrews, Fife, and has been based in Edinburgh since 1992. Rodney was a member of the Scottish Anarcho-Punk band Alternative http://www.bigmeathammer.com/alternative.htm. He set up THE YELLOW CAFE (1994-2007) a forum for artists, filmmakers and poets of local and international standing. His first collection of poetry ‘CUBITT: IF CUBITT KNEW’ was published on WHIRPOOL PRESS in Sept’ 2011. He also runs a small press: DARK MATTER.

Miss Represented is an Edinburgh based creative producing music and erotica using the mediums of poetry, electronic music and video to re-represent the ways in which we are misrepresented both by ourselves and by others, including: our governments, both left and right, governing bodies, corporations, and the media. Topics covered include: sexuality, micro to macro inter and inter-personal relations, politics, corruptions, addition, love and the habits we cannot help but form. These are constructed into contemporary ballads with a dark fairy tale twist or erotic video pieces, reflected through a dark mirror.


ACCESSIBILITY: The Autonomous Centre has level access throughout. The toilet is wheelchair accessible, with one additional bar for support. Doorways are all a ‘standard’ size, so may not fit larger powerchairs. The venue is not fitted with a hearing loop and we do not have access to BSL interpretors for the event. If you have any other requirements or questions please do get in touch.

We ask that all people who attend read and abide by the following safer spaces policy: http://autonomous.org.uk/safer-spaces-policy/

Zines from our collection

Many people don’t realise that the SRL has a large collection of zines in its collection. From amateur one off’s to more sophisticated, but still radical, serials they are a fascinating and exciting collection to have. They cover punk, feminism, music, politics, work and everything else under the sun.

As part of our digitisation process, we’re slowly putting them online. We’re hoping those interested in zines, fanzines and the like will be able to enjoy what we have available. Although our zines can’t be borrowed, if you come to ACE where the SRL and Autonomous Archive are based, you can browse, read and photocopy any that pique your interest.

There’s a fascinating collection of ‘zine libraries’ online – all over the world in fact. Hopefully, by cataloguing our zines we can join that network and bring to light the unique ones we have here at ACE.

So far we’ve managed to scan the covers of six zines and a sample page from inside each. More will be added as time goes on so please check our our gallery page regularly. Click on the image to take you there. Enjoy!


Reading Subversive Tintin

Thanks to a recent donation of books and magazines, from Bob & Lou, our library has expanded once again. It’s a great mix from classics to new publications and from Emma Goldman to Pussy Riot taking in the Spanish revolution and the subversive adventures of Tintin along the way!

The group sorted through them all during our monthly meeting where we discussed the possibility of creating a temporary exhibition based around a selection of books, posters and documents from our archives. It can be hard to wade through the full wealth of our library, so it seems a good idea to break it down. Hopefully it’ll get people interested in a topic or book they’d never thought of before.

There’s an ACE open day coming up soon on the 10 September, which would give the SRL the perfect opportunity to promote our books in a fun and exciting way. If anyone has any interesting ideas then get in touch. Alternatively, come along on the day and check out the library, the space and the other groups that are based here.


New Donation from AK Press

SRL is delighted to announce a fresh batch of donations to our growing library. Last Thursday at our monthly open meeting we got a large donation from AK Press – one of the publishers here in Edinburgh we’re proud to support and recommend.

As you can see from the above photo, there’s a broad mix of subjects from the Anarchism of Jean Grave to the poverty and urbanisation witnessed in the London of the nineties.

If you’d like to borrow any of these books they’re available now and should be in our online catalogue very soon. Again we’d just like to say thank you to AK Press for their donation, thank you to all who have donated anything over the years and a big thank you to all the volunteers helping with the library and keeping our resources open to the public.

New Titles:

Obsolete Communism The Left Wing Alternative – Daniel & Gabriel Cohn-Bendit

Killing Hope US Military & CIA Interventions Since WWII – William Blum

Dreams of Freedom: A Ricardo Flores Magon Reader

We are an image from the future: The Greek Revolt of December 2008

Sexual Fascism – Garry Otton

The People as Enemy: The Leaders’ Hidden Agenda in WWII – John Spritzler

Decentralizing Power: Paul Goodman’s Social Criticism – Taylor Stroehr

Bridge of Courage – Jennifer Harbury

Faith in Faithlessness: An Anthology of Atheism – Dimitrios Roussopoulos

Legacy to Liberation; Politics & Culture of Revolutionary Asian-pacific America – Fred Ho et al (Editor)

The Anarchist Papers – Dimitrios Roussopoulos (Editor)

Economy & Society – Fikret Adaman & Pat Devine

Since Predator Came: Notes from the Struggle for American Indian LIberation – Ward Churchill

Housing Benefit Hill & Other Places –  C.J. Stone

Life During Wartime Resisting Counterinsurgency – Kristian Williams & Lara Messersmith-Glavin

The Anarchism of Jean Grave – Louis Potsouras

Carlo Tresca: Portrait of a Rebel – Nunzio Pernicone

The Rigged Game – John Hively

The Triumph of Ignorance and Bliss: Pathologies of Public America – James Polk

One God: The Political & Moral Philosophy of Western Civilisation – Ernesto Lorca