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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
1.12.15. Churchdown Book Fair on December 6th will be a very special one as it will combine the usual Book Fair with a Vintage, Antique & Collectors Fair. So as well as two rooms of quality secondhand and antiquarian books there will also be a futher room full of antiques, collectables and vintage items. Add a comment
30.11.15. Steve Marshall reports that his first Orpington Book Fair on November 29th was a great success with 25 dealers and 400 visitors. The venue was excellent and Kent's largest Book Fair for sometime was well received. Two Fairs are being planned for 2016, probably in the spring and the autumn. Here are some pictures. Add a comment
A very successful fair. Well done Steve the organiser. - Richard Frost 01.12.15.
29.11.15. The Book, Record & Postcard Fair in Llandudno on December 27th is one of only three fairs held in North Wales during the year. It's an event that should provide a perfect retreat after too much food and a bracing walk on the beach :) Add a comment
29.11.15. Geoff Cox reports that although there will be no more PBFA Fairs in Totnes, he has taken over the running of the their Dartmoor Book Fair. In 2016 it will be called Tavistock Book Fair and will be held on April 9th at the Parish Centre. It will be mainly secondhand and antiquarian books, with old postcards, maps, prints & ephemera. 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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