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Creative Rebellion

Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
2:30pm to 9:00pm

As part of Jura's 40th anniversary celebrations we're hosting a celebration of creative rebellion on Saturday 28 October. Join us!

The act of creating or performing something for our own pleasure and the enjoyment of our community can be a profound act of rebellion against the consumerism and commodification prevalent in contemporary society.

Come along to create rebellion and rebel creatively during the afternoon and into the evening. The program commences upstairs in the library at 2.30pm, featuring a mix of poetry, spoken word and music performances through to 6pm. The line-up includes members and friends of the Jura collective:
* haiku and creativity discussion by Leanne
* spoken word performances by Ali and Fayroze
* poetry and music by Rosie
* music by Phil, Bridget, Maen & Aslina and Eddie
* a zine-making workshop facilitated by Ali
From 6 ~ 7pm we’ll break for refreshments – a light meal, snacks and drinks by donation.
From 7pm TT.O. (PiO) – well-known Melbourne activist and performance poet, explores visual and performance poetry, in the digital / information age. His session will be “part performance, part lecture, part visual extravaganza incorporating animations, the politics of poetry, and the poetics of scripting”.
TT.O. last appeared at Jura at 2 events in November 2015 when he read from his 700 page tome “Fitzroy: the biography” and led a forum on poetry, activism and anarchy.  TT.O. was born in Greece in 1951, and raised in Fitzroy. He worked as a survey draughtsman, and is now retired, living in Preston. He has been involved in the Anarchist movement since the early 1970s in Melbourne and has edited a variety of magazines, including fitzrot, “925”(worker’s poetry), and the current “Unusual Work”. TT.O.’s books of poetry include: fitzroy brothel, street singe, panash, the fitzroy poems, 24 hours, the number poems, big numbers (new and selected), and of course “Fitzroy: the biography”. Anthologies he has edited include: missing forms (with peter murphy and alex selenietch), and off the record. He's toured the usa 1985, colombia 1997, germany 2003, thailand 2004 & 5, was a founding member of the poets union, and performance poetry in australia.

Line-up details:
Upstairs (Library)
2:30 – 2:40 Festival opening - Leanne
2:40 – 2:50 Haiku recital - Leanne
3:20 – 3.40 Role of creativity in anarchist life and struggle discussion - facilitated by Leanne
3:40 – 4:00 tea break
4:00 – 4:15 Music by Phil
4:15 – 4:25 spoken word by Ali
4:25 – 4:35 Fayroze Lutta - spoken word “Metamorphosis” her Sirius zine
4:40 – 4:50 acoustic guitar set by Bridget
4:50 – 5:00 poetry & music by Rosie
5:05 – 5:250 Eddie Thomas - music - 4 songs
5:30 – 5:50 Maen & Aslin’s acoustic duo play 4 songs
6-7pm break for refreshments
7pm TT.O. explores visual and performance poetry in the digital / information age
part performance, part lecture, part visual extravaganza, incorporating animations, the politics of poetry, and the poetics of scripting
Downstairs (front of shop)
2:50 ~ 6:00 Zine making workshop facilitated by Ali
2:50 – 3:20 introduction by Ali
3:20 – 5:30 continuation of zine making
5:30 – 6pm Zine collation & finalisation

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Please note:

Jura Books is on the land of the Wangal people of the Eora Nation. The Jura Collective acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Land and pays our respect to Elders past and present. We support the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal people for land rights, self-determination, and justice.

Safer space: Jura aims to be a safe space. Violence, harassment and abuse will not be tolerated in any form. Sexism, racism, homophobia and other oppressive forms of behaviour are not welcome. Jura aims to be a survivor-oriented space. For more info, please see our safer spaces policy, or get in touch with us.

Accessibility: The lower level of Jura (the bookshop area) is accessible for people using wheelchairs or with other mobility impairments. However the library and toilets are up steep flights of stairs. We may be able to move activities downstairs upon request.


(Image is a poster out of Jura's archive – 2SER Tokyo Hit Beat, artist: Redback Graphix.)

Jura Books: Forty Years and Now

Robert P. Barbagallo wrote this piece as part of an oral history project he worked on as a student at the University of Sydney. It is based on a series of interviews with Jura Collective members.


This piece will tell the story of the Jura Books anarchist collective as it was told to me through a series of five interviews I had conducted throughout May 2017. Five different members, both present and past, told me about their personal arrival to Jura, what they had experienced along the way, as well as their views on the Australian anarchist movement and their interpretation of anarchist ideas in general.


Amongst the busy lunch time sprawl at a Sydney University café, between the noisy chatter of students crammed at tables, I spoke to PS about Jura Books. PS had been a member of Jura Books during the 70s through to the early to mid-80s, a time he describes as “effervescently” active—just like the noise around us. We had been speaking for an hour or so. The lunch time sprawl had dulled. We maybe spoke for too long. “My car’s about to be booked, if it hasn’t been booked already.” (I’m deeply sorry if it was) But before he left he told me:

“One of the great things about Jura over the years is that it has been an opportunity for people to learn about anarchism, to learn about how to organise autonomously and work together in a collaborative way with rules, but with rules that are collectively decided and that are changed when they don’t work. They are not just rules for the sake of rules. Where [there are] people form very different backgrounds and generations…Sid, whose now one of the ‘old guys’ was one of the ‘young guys’. LM started when she was at university as an undergraduate. I started when I was an undergrad, now I’m an ‘old guy’ there. People learned to work in an anarchist way which in our society is not—maybe now is more available in kind of networked organisations.—But it’s also a way where people give without expecting material returns. There’s something very attractive about that kind of volunteer work.”

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Sydney Anarchist Fair @Jura

Sunday, December 11, 2016 -
11:00am to 5:00pm

Jura is pleased to be hosting a day of stalls, music, food, drinks, zines, books, films and more! Come to the anarchist fair day to learn about how local community groups are organising for a better world, and how you can get involved!

Also, it's that time of year when lots of people buy presents for family and friends. If you follow this tradition (whether joyfully or begrudgingly), why not buy a radical book, DVD, poster or t-shirt from Jura? Get great gifts and support your local anarchist space at the same time!

Stalls at the fair day will include:

  • Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation Sydney
  • Friends of the Earth Sydney (newly re-formed!)
  • Jura Books (new books, specials and more)
  • Refugee Art Project
  • Sex Worker Info
  • Students Supporting Aboriginal Communities
  • Sydney Solidarity Network
  • Take Care zine distro
  • and more…

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Decolonizing Solidarity: Book chat with Clare Land

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Come and hear an introduction to this important book, followed by discussion with the author Clare Land. Based in Melbourne, Clare is a non-Koori activist and researcher who wrote Decolonizing Solidarity based on interviews with Aboriginal people in the southeast of Australia who have pursued land rights, black power and sovereignty, and their supporters. The book draws insights from a wide range of anti-colonial and anti-racist writings and is also grounded in Clare’s own sense of the politics of solidarity developed through her work alongside with Gary Foley (Gumbainggir) and Robbie Thorpe (Gunai/Maar) over the last 15-20 years. The book aims to inspire, support, trouble and give direction to the work of non-Aboriginal people who support Aboriginal struggles. It also speaks to Aboriginal community members who are grappling with the work of nurturing and challenging their supporter base. The book was published by Zed Books (London) and first distributed at the 2015 Anarchist Book Fair in Melbourne. It has found a wide readership amongst anarchists, greenies, teachers, social workers and beyond.

Film: Durruti in the Spanish Revolution

Saturday, November 19, 2016 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Jura is pleased to be screening "Durruti in the Spanish Revolution" - the first screening in Australia as far as we know. It's a 60 minute film by Fundacion de Estudios Libertarios Anselmo Lorenzo via Pacific Street Films, based on the book by Abel Paz. Sid will give a brief introduction to the events depicted for those who may not be familiar with them. More importantly, the film has archival footage from the time of Durruti and the working classes of Spain.

Durruti was a major figure in the anarchist movement, from his teenage years, the formation of the affinity groups and on to the greatest revolutionary event in human history – the Spanish Revolution. He always fought for the poor and downtrodden, and against the State, whether of the social democratic, fascist or marxist varieties. In the film you can hear the voice of his wife, and some of his companions.

Jura's Red and Black Forum is showing this film in this, the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Revolution, and also of Durruti's death on the battle front. The questions that these events present us, remain: social revolution or reformism, a world free that develops all human potential or authoritarian domination of all and the destruction of the planet?

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