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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.
19.01.20. Entry will be free at Stratford Upon Avon Book Fair on January 25 and there will be around 20 dealers exhibiting. Local books will as always be well represented but a wide variety of subjects are covered by the dealers attending - full details are on the website. Add a comment
13.01.20. This year the 31st annual NSPCC Book Fair in Colchester will be held on October 24 & 25. As usual, you can expect many thousands of books, jigsaws, games CDs and DVDs, with new stock on Sunday. 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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