I was interested to read the article by Milan Rai about radical philanthropy (PN 2546) though I worry slightly that readers might think you have to have a lot of money to create something useful.
This year Five Leaves Publications was involved, with Housmans in particular, in setting up the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing – a national award which received publicity in many places, including of course PN.
This cost us £1,000 and we hope to pull in other funders this year to enable us to reduce our commitment. Similarly, three years ago we set up States of Independence, an annual East Midlands book fair-cum-conference for the independent publishing sector, at a cost of a few hundred pounds.
Both Bread and Roses and States of Independence have the potential to grow, and become a permanent part of the infrastructure of independent publishing, at low cost and low maintenance. Yes, if would be great if well-off people used more of their resources ‘for the revolution’ but those acorn things work quite well too in creating oaks.