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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.
15.09.19. Shaftesbury Book Fair on September 28 is a long-running event held four times a year in the well known Dorset market town. It is held at Bell Street United Church Hall and has a selection of local dealers and a friendly and knowledgeable atmosphere. Entry is free. Add a comment
8.09.19. Lyndhurst Book Fair on September 21 is regularly held in this popular New Forest tourist destination. There will be plenty of Observer's and Warne books to buy from society members and regular stallholders at this special event - plus the usual wide range of subjects at prices to suit all pockets. The fair is held six times a year in the Community Centre in the main car park in the middle of town. Entry is free. Add a comment
8.09.19. Faversham Book Fair on September 21 is one of the South-East's biggest Fairs, which usually attracts around 20 dealers. More than 40 tables of books. Always very well attended. Also market day in town. Two second-hand bookshops nearby. 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.
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