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The Book Fair Calendar - UK's only guide to all the secondhand and antiquarian book fairs, ephemera and postcard fairs, charity and library book sales.  Add your event here


24.05.17. The Bloomsbury Summer Ephemera, Book, & Postcard Fair on Sunday, 28th May is fully booked and has proved to be extremely popular. Expect exhibitors from UK, Europe and further afield displaying a wealth of material. The fair has a great reputation as a place to wander and find unusual items - from sought after books to vintage postcards, unusual photographs, maps and prints, as well as every type of ephemera imaginable. Items are available to suit every budget, so new and seasoned collectors can find items from a few pounds upwards. Come along and treasure hunt! Full details on the website.  Add a comment

21.05.17. At Galgate Book Fair on Saturday May 27th about a dozen stallholders will be offering a wide range of second-hand and antiquarian books, maps and ephemera. Galgate is just to the south of Lancaster, close to Junction 33 of t.he M6, and Ellel Village Hall is an attractive new building. There will be a café and parking is free.   Add a comment

21.05.17. There will be 15 dealers at Tenterden Book Fair on Saturday May 27th, selling many secondhand books ranging from quality paperbacks for the avid reader to a selection of antiquarian titles and also ephemera.  Add a comment

20.05.17. The Rare Books London website has details of all the fairs, auctions, talks and other events being held between May 23rd - June 12th. Here, ABA Secretary Camilla Szymanowska gives a glimpse of what will be on offer.  Add a comment

18.05.17. The 2017 Amnesty Blackheath and Greenwich Book Sales are being held on June 17th and November 18th.  Add a comment

17.05.17. The ABA have anounced that their flagship summer book fair is moving to Battersea Evolution next year. The fair, which will celebrate its diamond jubilee in 2018, has outgrown Olympia and will move to this attractive venue - already well known for art, antique and photography fairs - just a stone's throw from Chelsea.  Add a comment

7.05.17. PBFA London International Book Fair Managers, Marc and Marcia Harrison tell you why you should vist the Fair, which will be bigger and better this year ... more  Add a comment

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UK book fairs range from the splendour of the ABA's London summer fair and the size of the PBFA's York fair in September, to the more sober (but often rewarding) regular regional fairs. Some of these are very small indeed, made up of perhaps a dozen or so dealers in a church hall - and they can be found all around the country.

Visiting even the smallest of these fairs can offer access to an extraordinary range of printed material - not just books but ephemera, prints, posters, maps - and increasingly you might also find postcards, photographs, vinyl, and sometimes associated collectables

So whilst it's true that the number of book fairs has declined from their heyday in the 1990's (when Drif blamed them for denuding many provincial shops of their better books) they continue to play a vital role in the touchy- feely world of physical book buying.

And you can play a part in ensuring that they continue to thrive by sharing your thoughts and experiences in a review - there is a comment link on every listing.

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