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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.
18.03.19. The fifth Frome Book Fair will be held on Saturday 30th March, but this is the first time it will be held at the Cheese and Grain, a larger venue that can accommodate double the previous number of dealers ... more Add a comment
17.03.19. At Barton Book Fair on March 23 there will be around twenty dealers all with a good general stock, including antiquarian books, maps and ephemera. Cafe serving excellent home-made food and a large free car park. Add a comment
14.03.19. John Cox responds to the criticism that there are not enough books at his monthly Record & Book Fair in central Leeds, by asking why more booksellers don't want to stand there. Add a comment
12.03.19. John Hazell is organising the Appledore Mini Antiques & Book Fair on May 19. It's the first of what he hopes will become a regular event and there are still some spaces, so do contact him if you would like to stand there. Add a comment
11.03.19. Long Melford Book Fair on March 23 is the longest running independent book fair in East Anglia. A wide range of books on offer with natural history, collectable children's books, crime fiction and topography featuring strongly. There are usually also postcards and some ephemera. A bookbinder offers a drop off and collect service. Free parking. Home made refreshments. Two stately homes and a magnificent church in the village. 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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