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The Feminist Library's Annual Fair - Review

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by Mathilde Betant-Rasmussen (subscribe)
Aspiring journalist with a love for art and letters. Currently an English student at King's College London. I love writing poetry, as well as fiction and essays, and of course, articles.
Published January 19th 2017
Feminist Library Book Fair Feminism Women
A Pamphlet from the Feminist Library Annual Fair

Although London doesn't seem to lack interesting libraries and bookshops, the Feminist Library on Westminster Bridge Rd is something to behold.

The library itself is not very big - compared to what most of us are used to - but is devoted exclusively to feminist theory, gender studies, and all fiction related to women and womanhood.

But what makes the place worth its name, is the library's annual feminist fair. The winter fair took place on Saturday 10 of December last year, and will most likely be held on the same date in 2017. Regular visitors as well as newcomers can showcase their feminist art; all from imaginative zines to thought provoking posters and postcards.

Some pamphlets read, 'When I grow up I want a Feminist Library' or 'F*** the Police', with an asterisk on sexual assault. I bought a more primitive version of a zine entitled 'How to become a wannabe weekend anarchist in 6 easy steps', and was tempted by small eulogies of armpit hair and feminine liberation from stereotypes.

The visual art in the fair was also impressive, with simple to elaborate drawings addressing key issues of femininity. At each stall, the artist or the writer would start a conversation with you about their aspirations and their creative process, adding to the memorable experience of the fair.

Despite it being only an annual event, the Feminist Fair is worth not missing. The close quarters of the library provide a warm and comfortable atmosphere, where women - and all interested in feminism - can exchange thoughts and share their experiences.

The library encourages donations or small contributions at the entrance, but the art of the fair is just as well looked at as bought. But I doubt you will not fall in love at least once during your tour of the premises. And if you stay long enough, there might even be refreshments and snacks on the third floor.
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Where: 5 Westminster Bridge Rd, London
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