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The Book Fair Calendar - UK's only guide to all the secondhand and antiquarian book fairs, ephemera and collectors fairs, charity and library book sales. Add your event here
7.10.15. Come to the next Bloomsbury Book Fair on Sunday 11th October and see a whole world of rare, out of print, secondhand or hard to find books, alongside ephemera, maps and prints, auctioneers, bookbinders and much more! Items are available from a few pounds to a few thousand! Some of the very best specialists will be exhibiting at this vibrant monthly event. Full details and news on the website. Add a comment
4.10.15. The 33rd Annual Belfast Book Fair is being held at the Wellington Park Hotel on Saturday October 10th. There will be 30 stands displaying thousands of antiquarian, rare, secondhand and out-of-print books on a wide variety of subjects, including much on Local History and Irish History & Topography in general. You can check out some of the highlights of this year's fair here. Add a comment
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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