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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.
23.04.17. Since the first sale at St Andrew's and St George's West Church in 1974, Christian Aid Week in Scotland has become increasingly synonymous with book sales. Saturday 13 May will see people queuing round the block once more in order to get a first look at the wares available at the George Street Book Sale as soon as the doors open at 10.00. And across the city at Morningside United Church, the Holy Corner Book Sale, which last year raised more than £18,000, will also open at 10.00 the same day. Add a comment
20.04.17. The Exeter PBFA Book Fair on April 30th is becoming increasingly successful and popular with book collectors. This spring fair will be full with 21 traders exhibiting - coming from as far away as Bristol, Frome and Gloucestershire. Jeremy Peters of Honiton will be displaying for the first time at Exeter ... more 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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