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23.12.11. That's all for 2011 but I will be back on the 3rd of January. Happy Christmas and New Year.  Add a comment

23.12.11. TheBookGuide turned ten in 2011 but for some reason I've found myself uncharacteristically lost for words. I feel I should say something but where to begin? The question I'm most frequently asked is 'why do you do it'? - So perhaps that's the place to start ... more  Add a comment

22.12.11. Phil Woolley writes: 'The Market Harborough Winter Book Fair will take place in its usual slot between Christmas and the New Year, on Friday 30th December this year. Around 30 bookdealers, a couple of ephemera dealers and a couple of bookbinders are booked in and will ensure a warm welcome. If you want to escape from the TV repeats and warmed up turkey leftovers here's a great opportunity ... more  Add a comment

21.12.11. To avoid confusion I am only going to post 2011 updates here and everything else will be posted in the 2012 news section.  Add a comment

12.12.11. Gerry Mosdell writes: 'R.I.P. The Provincial Booksellers Monthly Fair, July 1972 - December 2011 (39 1/2  years in London).
    Sad it is to see the end of the monthly Fair which had a major impact on so many Booksellers lives! With the demise of this integral part of the PBFA. perhaps now is the time for the ABA and PBFA to get together.  The two organisations are so close it is almost impossible for an outsider to discern a difference and surely the ILAB would welcome a move that would see a consequent increase in its membership and of course its income! ... more  Add a comment

8.12.11. Shaftesbury's Bell Street Book Fair this Saturday will be a VERY full house, which will have everything for booklovers' from angling to Zen, from light reading to antiquarian and collectable. You will also be able to meet Georgina Babey who will taking  over the running of this, and the New Forest Book Fair after the SUNDAY January 1st New Forest event.  Add a comment

5.12.11. John Collins advises that the Faversham Book Fair on 17th December will be the biggest ever. In order to accommodate more dealers, and prevent overcrowding, the Fair has been moved to the Large Hall. At the time of writing, eighteen dealers had booked. In addition to the usual mix of sellers, there will be also be postcards (mainly Kent related).  Add a comment

28.11.11. Somehow I seem to have missed out the PBFA book fair at Topsham on December 18th. Apologies to organiser Paul Davis, who says that there will be 20 dealers from across the South West offering a full range of books and ephemera from £5 to £500.  Add a comment

24.11.11. Somewhat later than I had hoped, we have finally received enough dates to put up a provisional 2012 Book Fair Calendar. Usual caveat applies - still waiting for a significant number of dates, which I will post in the news section as they become available.  Add a comment

24.11.11. Nancy Hamilton writes: 'Saturday 26th November is the last New Forest Book Fair of 2011, with 22 stalls from 5 counties. Of regional interest, we have R Colt Hoare’s  ANCIENT HISTORY OF NORTH AND SOUTH WILTSHIRE. 1812-21, local author of aviation fiction Roger Pullen joins us, Hampshire poet Owen Cullimore and we will also have Carolyne Haynes who will be chatting to people about the last working steam-driven brickworks in the country. (And, now is perhaps the time to let everyone know that the first one of 2012 is actually on the SUNDAY, New Year’s Day.)'  Add a comment

15.11.11. A late extra date for the small but perfectly formed Berkhamsted Book Fair on December 3rd.  Add a comment

14.11.11. As we vigorously paddle to stay afloat in these stormy seas of economic woe, it's good to hear that sales were actually up at this year's ABA Chelsea Book Fair on November 5th & 6th. And whilst everyone knows that it's relatively easy to sell the rare and desirable, the news that sales  at the fair were up by some 7% and that purchases by private customers had increased by almost 30%, is encouraging.   Add a comment

10.11.11. Nancey Hamilton writes: 'Shaftesbury’s Bell Street Book Fair in the United Reformed Hall on the 12th has a very full house (yes, it is a small house!). A visiting stall from Winchester, and others from Hampshire, Somerset and even Doorstep Dorset! A good range of stock, from the arts, local interest to natural history and much, much more. It is a good fair for both the public and trade buyer, bringing together established sellers from the south and some who never stray beyond the Blackmore Vale ...'  Add a comment

7.11.11. Thanks to all of you who have sent in your 2012 fair dates. I hope to have turned into a provisional calendar by the middle of next week.  Add a comment

3.11.11. A late entry for Janet Slack's second book fair of the year in Callington, Cornwall, on Saturday, November 26th. As well as a wide variety of antiquarian, secondhand, new and specialist books, well-known author E.V.Thompson will be visiting the fair.  Add a comment

3.11.11. Once again, in conjunction with the Fine Press Book Association, the PBFA is organising the longest standing fine press fair in the world on November 5th & 6th ... more  Add a comment

31.10.11. A late entry for the annual Wexford Book Fair on Sunday November 6th in the Republic of Ireland. 15 booksellers will offer thousands of books including rare and antiquarian titles as well as ephemera and coins.  Add a comment

31.10.11. The 2011 ABA Chelsea Book Fair will feature an exhibition of art-works relating to antiquarian and rare books by seven artists recommended by ABA members. These artists work in a variety of media, and the pieces exhibited will include paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photography, which reflect the participants' responses to different aspects of books in their manifold forms -- for example, books as texts; books as physical, tactile objects; books as canvases for decoration and ornamentation ... more  Add a comment

27.10.11. Richard Frost, of Buckinghamshire's Wing fair, will be one of at least twenty-three booksellers standing at this Saturday’s New Forest Book Fair. Drawn from seven counties, they will offer lots of fresh stock including, natural history, military, the arts, transport, topography, and first editions, A highlight is Gideon Mantell’s 1833 edition of “The Geology of the South East of England”, and there will also be ordnance and antiquarian maps, prints, and interesting regional items.  Add a comment

24.10.11. Another new fair in the north of England is being staged in Warrington on Saturday Novenber 5th. The Warrington Collectors and Book Fair is being organised by Patrick Smith, who says that it will be a quaterly event with upwrds of 40 stalls available. If you are interested in standing at the event, please contact Patrick on 0774 0722 784 or 0758 1545 671 for further information.  Add a comment

20.10.11. Tony Carroll writes: "Called in to the Tynemouth Book Fair on a detour driving to Scotland. Difficult to find. This can't bother the organisers because the fair was very busy and people did seem to be buying. As indeed I did myself, even though I buy to sell and am trying to de-stock. Well worth the detour - if you can find it."  Add a comment

19.10.11. Our readers and your potential customers want to see a provisional 2012 calendar up as early as possible, so please help us by sending in your dates ASAP.  Add a comment

17.10.11. This year's annual NSPCC Book Fair in Colchester is being held over the weekend of October 29th & 30th. Organiser Elisabeth Borg says there will be some 30,000 books at very low prices - fiction and non-fiction both hardback and paperback, children's, old and new, and specialist subjects. And the fair will be fully restocked for Sunday.  Add a comment

12.10.11. Some 35 dealers from all over Ireland will be exhibiting at this year's annual Belfast Book Fair on October 15th. The fair will feature a fore-edge painting and a signed Bram Stoker, but there will also be something at the fair to suit all pockets.  Add a comment

10.10.11. This year's Penarth Bookfair in aid of the Penarth Petanque Club is being held on October 15th. Organiser Jean-Yves Robic says there will be secondhand, out of print, collectable and antiquarian books, maps and prints, offered by local professional dealers.  Add a comment

10.10.11. Following the success of last year's Folkestone Book Fair, a second event takes place on October 22nd at the Grand Hotel. 25 dealers will offer printed books, manuscript material, and works on paper, at prices to suit every pocket. Organisers hope to build on last year's visitor numbers and to establish the fair as the biggest in the South East outside of London.  Add a comment

6.10.11. Book lovers can make a day of it in Dorset this Saturday with both the Shaftesbury and Sherborne book fairs to tempt them with treasures to suit every pocket.  Add a comment

4.10.11. The Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair at Midhurst on October 9th will have a host of new dealers including a children's book seller specialising in Rupert, Enid Blyton and Biggles.  Add a comment

3.10.11. This year the Bath Book Fair breaks new ground with weekend opening on October 15th & 16th, which it's hoped will make it easier for customers to find the time to visit and, hopefully, save some money on car parking and hotels. Around 80 exhibitors will offer a vast choice of material and at all price levels, including manuscript items, books, maps, prints, ephemeral items, albums, photos, letters, postcards, and posters. If you haven't attended a large book fair before, allow themselves plenty of time!  Add a comment

29.09.11. I've just added a new fair in Lancashire on October 15th. The Penwortham - Preston Book Fair is organised by Philip Walsh who says their will be a good range of secondhand books from established book dealers and charities.  Add a comment

26.09.11. The PBFA Sherborne Book Fair on Saturday, 8th October will feature books, maps, prints and ephemera from some twenty professional bookdealers from across the South West and further afield. The Society of Wood Engravers will also be holding a selling exhibition, with a selection of work by Hilary Paynter, Peter Lawrence, Stanislav Filipov, Anne Hayward, and Anne Cathcart, amongst others. Howard Phipps is possibly the most well-known local artist exhibiting, and you can see an example of his work here.  Add a comment

20.09.11. In August I reported the death of Richard Maggs, PBFA member and regular exhibitor at the Bristol and Cardiff book fairs. Friend and colleague Geoff Cox writes: "People in the book world will always remember Richard as an unfailing optimist, friendly, cheerful and kind ..." You can read the rest of 'In Memory of Richard Maggs' here.  Add a comment

20.09.11. Back after the summer break, The New Forest Book Fair on September 24th  welcomes the regulars and some new faces. Expect the usual good selection of stock, ranging from the arts to country interests, transport, military, antiquarian, and local ephemera. New Forest authors Georgina Babey and Peter Roberts will be chatting to the public about the area and signing their revised and updated "Lyndhurst: a Brief History and Guide".  Add a comment

19.09.11. The 21st Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair on November 4th & 5th will provide booklovers and bibliophiles with an opportunity to find some rare treasures, as well as titles for under £100. The Fair brings together over 75 renowned antiquarian booksellers and this year sees a number of new and returning exhibitors. Full details of the fair and acompanying exhibition can be found on the ABA website.  Add a comment

17.09.11. Although only in its second year, Arkholme looks set to become a permanent fixture in the PBFA fairs calendar. this year's fair is on Sunday 18th September, and will feature a fine collection of local material, including the sale document relating to the 1899 sale of the Lunefield, Holme House and Casterton Estates in or near Kirkby Lonsdale  Add a comment

13.09.11. Organisers of the Bloomsbury Book fair inform us that next year's Summer Fair has been moved to Sunday 27th May 2012. This has been necessary to come into line with other events organised during May. All dates for 2012 are now available on their website  Add a comment

12.09.11. This year's St James South Elmham book Sale is being held over the weekend of September 24th & 25th. Rachel Ritchie says that "there will be about 7000 secondhand  books on every conceivable subject. Prices are 50p for paperbacks and £1 for hardbacks with a few individually priced. Entrance 50p includes a cup of tea, children are free, and snacks and light lunches are available. There is a great atmosphere with people browsing happily and everyone has a good time."  Add a comment

12.09.11. Last weekend's York National Book Fair again broke records, with combined fair and website sales of some £552,000. Exhibitor numbers were also up, as were the reported number of younger people visiting the fair.  Add a comment

2.09.11. I'm out of the office next week, so no news or updates until September 12th.  Add a comment

1.09.11. Lunch time on Friday September 9th sees the opening of the York National Book Fair, which looks set to be as big and impressive as ever. Over 2,500 visitors are expected to visit some 220 exhibitors, who will have around 150,000 books on offer this year.  The fair prides itself on there being something for everyone and you can get an impression of the breadth of material on offer by visiting the fair's highlights page.  The Racecourse venue is light and airy with ample parking, and there will be a free shuttle-bus from the train station. Admission is only two quid on the door, but you can collect a complimentary ticket from any independent York bookshop, or print one out from their website.  Add a comment

30.08.11. The long established Midhurst Book Fair is now under new management. Phil Goodyear will introduce a new format with the September 18th event, which will include more dealers offering books, maps, postcards, photos, and other ephemera.  Add a comment

26.08.11. I've just added the Moseley Record & Book Fair whose first date is September 4th. Expect more records than books - but the organisers are keen to encourage more booksellers to stand at the event.  Add a comment

23.08.11. My rant last week about the lack of fair reviews has produced two results, and in order to encourage others I have copied both here. Solent Books say that of Colin Baker's Sherborne Book Fair that it's "a very well run book fair and is well attended by the public and sellars." And Bunkembooks writes of Jon Smith's Lytham Book Fair: "These North West fairs were going down the pan till a few years ago but they have improved beyond measure. The Lytham one was fine earlier this year"  Add a comment

23.08.11. Colin Baker has organised a Book Fair on September 18th as part of the The Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.  Add a comment

16.08.11. As soon as I started typing I realised I was flogging a dead horse - but why are you fair visitors so reluctant to comment on the fairs you frequent? The contrast with the bookshop guide couldn't be greater, where the breadth of reviewers opinions really does help users decide how best to spend their valuable  time. Go on, surprise me, review your local book fair now!  Add a comment

13.08.11. The PBFA are holding a week-long fair to coinside with the Edinburgh Festival. It runs from Sunday 14th August until Saturday 20th, and ten dealers will be exhibiting in the Bute Suite of the Roxburghe Hotel in Charlotte Square.  Add a comment

11.08.11. TheBookGuide was hacked for a second time over the weekend and the feelings of outrage and helplessness in the face of this invasion; have to be experienced to be fully appreciated ... more  Add a comment

10.08.11. Special topics catered for at Saturday's Shaftesbury Book Fair will be natural history, topography, architecture and women in print. There will be a range of affordable paperbacks & hardbacks plus rare & collectable books. Valuations can be given on the day. Guest sellers this month include two dealers from Winchester.  Add a comment

10.08.11. The PBFA's second bookfair in Bakewell on Saturday 13th August follows a successful first event last year. The regular bookdealers will be joined this time by a map dealer to add to the choice available so there will be books on many subjects from a few pounds upwards, prints maps etc. Bakewell is a popular and attractive town to visit and the venue in the Agricultural Centre is situated between the two main town car parks. The cafe at the Centre even sells Bakewell pudding!  Add a comment

9.08.11. We had to take the site down on Monday because it kept being hacked. Following this and the appalling level of technical support offered by Webfusion, we will be moving to a new hosting company over the next few days. Thank you for your patience.  Add a comment

5.08.11. Barry Thurston writes: "I am afraid that there has been a mistake in the dates of the next Glasgow Botanic Gardens Book Fair (probably my fault) so instead of the fair starting tomorrow, Saturday 6th, it will run from Saturday 13th August until Sunday 21st August. I am very sorry about the short notice but the mistake was not picked up on until yesterday afternoon and then my computer went down until now so I could not let you know sooner."  Add a comment

4.08.11. There are two Scottish PBFA fairs this coming weekend. The first is the Forfar Book Fair at the impressive Reid Hall in Castle Street, on Saturday the 6th. And on Sunday 7th August, it's the turn of Ballater to host a fair, in this case forming part of the annual Victoria Week celebrations. Expect to find about 20 dealers at each event,who will exhibit material ranging from gardening, Scottish history & topography, yachting, fine art, military, childrens' & illustrated books, and beyond.  Add a comment

1.08.11. Several people have contacted me over the weekend about the recent death of Richard Maggs, one-time member of the PBFA and regular exhibitor at the now defunct Bristol Book Fair. The last time we met he was in remission but apparently the last year or so had been difficult for him. A charming man, who it was always a pleasure to do business with, I'm sure he will be missed by many.  Add a comment

1.08.11. David Mann reminds us that the next Wye Book Fair on September 3rd will be held in the new village hall venue. This offers rather more space and could accomadate a few more dealers, so David is inviting anyone interested in exhibiting to contact him as soon as possible.  Add a comment

27.07.11. The historic seaport of Topsham is the venue for this summer's Exeter Book Fair on Sunday 31 st July. More than 20 booksellers from across the West country and further afield will bring books to appeal to all tastes and pockets -- from Biggles books at £5, to rare works on the history of Exeter. Old prints, maps, postcards and photographs will also be on sale.
    Organiser Paul Davies of Kingsbridge Books says that this fair is very popular locally. "Everyone is welcome throughout the day but if you are looking for bargains it is probably best to arrive early. All our book dealers are very helpful and will be happy to offer people advice about old books".  Add a comment

25.07.11. The first Skye Antiquarian Book Festival  - or F'eill Sheann Leabhraichean an Eilean - at the Aros Cultural Centre, Portree, runs from Thursday 28th until Saturday 30th July. Apart from all the other attractions on the island, there are now  two secondhand bookshops to visit.
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22.07.11. A highlight of the this weekend's Ilkley Book Fair will be a ‘Ilkley Gateway to the Dales’ railway poster offered by Christian White at £750. ... more  Add a comment

20.07.11. This year's charity Book Sale at St James South Elmham will be held on 24th and 25th of September.  Add a comment

17.07.11. Kim Jeffrey writes: "Traditionally a quieter month, this event (July 10th) at the Royal National Hotel was in fact busy, approximately 90 dealers on the day with a wide variety of stock on offer. Feedback from many dealers was that business was brisk. Many new dealers were exhibiting this month due to the usual PBFA fair not going ahead at the Holiday Inn during July and August, this was a welcome addition for both customers and Etc Fair … We hope to welcome many new exhibitors and visitors to the fair in future months."  Add a comment

14.07.11. The two day PBFA Book Fair at Stourhead on Juy 16th & 17th promises a wide range of second-hand, out-of-print and antiquarian books, with something for all tastes and ages. Subjects range from local history, gardening, architecture, archaeology, travel, fiction and non-fiction, children's and illustrated, and many other topics.  Add a comment

9.07.11. I'm out of the office for a few days, so no news or updates until my return on July 15th.  Add a comment

9.07.11. Don Male has just confirmed that this year's long established annual Secondhand Book Sale in Tamworth will be held on August 12th & 13th. Expect about 3,000 donated books with all the proceeds going to church building and community funds.  Add a comment

4.07.11. The PBFA Cirencester Book Fair has been brought forward from October 11th and will now be held at the The Corn Hall in Market Place on September 9th.  Add a comment

4.07.11. Unable to restore recent emails, so if you sent me reviews or updates between 12-20th June and haven’t received a confirmation – please send again.  Add a comment

30.06.11. At £30,000, a  first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is one of the main attractions at the PBFA Alnwick Book Fair on July 2nd. And Sunday July 3rd sees the first fair at Sidmouth in South Devon, where 19 dealers will exhibit in exhibited at the recently restored Kennaway House in Coburg Street.  Add a comment

30.06.11. Keith Simmonds reminds us that the monthly Bristol Book Market on Sunday is an all weather event, as all the stalls are covered. Featured amongst many other titles will be hundreds of local history related books on Bristol and its environs.  Add a comment

27.06.11. David Mann writes:"Sadly the book fair at the Wolfson Lecture Hall in Wye on the 2nd July will be the last one at this venue. The fair has been held at the Wolfson for at least 15 years and probably longer. My thanks go to all the dealers and customers that have supported the fair over the years. I would also like to thank the organisers (I am the latest) who have done so much to make the fair such a memorable day out in Wye. The good news is that we are moving the book fair to the Village Hall from the September 3rd."  Add a comment

24.06.11. Nancy Hamilton writes: "This Saturday's New Forest Book Fair is the last before our summer break. There are stalls from five counties, an ordnance and antiquarian map stall and free map and book valuations. Our "BB" man is back, and the fair has a good selection of books for everyone.  We will be back at this venue on September 24th. Please note that Shaftesbury's Bell Street Book Fair will continue to run throughout the Summer, (second Saturday each month) with all enquiries between now and mid-September to go to my wonderful colleague Brian tel: 01747 850315."  Add a comment

23.06.11. If you collect old books or just enjoy a good read the place to be on Sunday 26th June is the National Motorcycle Museum just outside Solihull. Nearly 100 dealers in old rare and collectable books, maps and printed ephemera will be gathered together from all over the UK and overseas offering a vast selection of items for sale.
    Highlights at this fair include: A 1942 first edition of Enid Blyton’s "Five on a Treasure Island" at £3250.00, and the Film Story Board plus production/publicity stills for the Neil Jordan film "The Company of Wolves" at a very reasonable £180.00. Local items include a printed broadsheet foxhunting song from 1866, and a scarce bound volume of Aris's Birmingham Gazette covering January 1819 to December 1821, very uncommon and containing many adverts by local companies. Most popular subjects will be covered and a specialist supplier of book conservation and preservation materials will also be present.  Add a comment

23.06.11. I've just added a report of the 2011 London Map Fair by Tim Bryars ... more  Add a comment

22.06.11. Still trying to restore TheBookGuide emails from the backup. If you’ve sent me reviews or updates and haven’t received a confirmation – please send again.  Add a comment

20.06.11. Sorry, disc failure on TheBookGuide computer means that there will be no news or updates for the next couple of days.  Add a comment

16.06.11. London's week-long bookfest is over for another year, and after weeks of anticipation and trepidation all that remains is to take the temperature of the trade. Not all the numbers have been crunched yet but I will add detail and comments as they come in ... more  Add a comment

16.06.11. Rick Gekoski on the ABA's Olympia Fair: "For more than a few of my fellow dealers, the public are an unwelcome intrusion on the trade" ... more  Add a comment

16.06.11. End of an era as Benny Gillies retires from the region’s book trade and Dumfries Book Fair
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13.06.11. Initial reports of London's Book Fair week suggest that trade has been rather better than some feared. Indeed, one dealer at the PBFA's Hotel Russell said it was his best one-day fair ever, and reports from the Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair have been similarly upbeat. I hope to be able to provide a full report from all the organisers by midweek, but what did you, the paying public think of this year's offering?
    Fair visitors still seem to be terribly hesitant about sharing their impressions of the events they visit, compared to the constant stream of shop reviews we receive. Sharing your experiences will help future visitors decide how best to spend their valuable time, and organisers find your feedback equally helpfully. So come on, don't be shy - get those fingers on the keyboard and click send.  Add a comment

9.06.11. Nacy Hamilton writes: "Shaftesbury's Bell Street Book Fair, this Saturday will be opening at 9.30 instead of the usual 10am. Good stock for trade and public. Of local interest this month, a signed first edition of Snell's "Clocks and Clockmakers of Salisbury", and of further afield, a perhaps now only mildly prurient 1921 look at travel off the genteel tourist track through "The Haunts of the Gay East". As always,  good arts, transport, military, etc."  Add a comment

6.06.11. If you can't make it to London during this week there are still plenty of opportunities to get physical with old books over the coming weekend, at events as far afield as Northern Ireland and Cornwall ... more  Add a comment

4.06.11. Running from June 5th - 12th, London's traditional Book Fairs Week offers a unique opportunity to experience the best the British and international antiquarian book trade has to offer, brought conveniently together in the capital ... more  Add a comment

4.06.11. A very late entry for a fund-raising Book Bonanza at the Holburne Museum in Bath TODAY. Organised by the friends of the museum, expect to find a mass of paperback fiction, books on food and wine, travel and the arts - in fact, something for readers of every persuasion.  Add a comment

28.05.11. This year's Scottish Ornithologists' Club Book Fair will be held at Waterston House in Aberlay on July 16th. As usual there will be secondhand natural history books and journals as well as titles covering more general interest areas such as travel and topography - plus guest dealers including Jay Books and Shearwater Books.  Add a comment

25.05.11. This Saturday's New Forest Book Fair at Lyndhurst Community Centre has a great selection of books for the collector and general reader. These range from collectable children's books, military (including a lot of WWII material) modern crime firsts, natural history, collectable angling and plenty of transport and regional interest - including Woodward's 3 volume History of Hampshire circa 1861-1869. There will also be free antiquarian book and map valuations on the day, and the venue is near Ashurst and Southampton railway stations and on Bluestar bus routes from these stations.  Add a comment

23.05.11. This years fund-raising Annual Book Fair for the Morrab Library in Penzance is to be held on September 24th. As usual there will be new, secondhand and antiquarian books on offer, as well as a vintage postcards section. Entry is by donation with all proceeds going to the Library, a registered charity, and one of the few remaining private subscription libraries in the country.
    The Morrab was established in 1818, and is situated in the beautiful Morrab Gardens, in central Penzance, and you can find out more about both from the library's website. The town also has two secondhand bookshops, so every reason to make a day of it.  Add a comment

14.05.11. I'm out of the office for most of next week so no news or updates until Monday May 23rd.  Add a comment

14.05.11. Ormeau Churches Together are holding a Charity Book Sale on Saturday 11th June in aid of Corrymeela, Christain Aid and Trocaire. Organiser Susie Morrow says there will be a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, Irish, antique and collectable books.  Add a comment

14.05.11. St John’s Wood Church is holding a Grand Book Sale on Saturday 21st May, with thousands of books, CDs, records and DVDs to be sold in support of Christian Aid.  Add a comment

12.05.11. This month's Shaftesbury Book Fair has a new stallholder with children's books, a nice little selection of collectable fishing books, antiquarian book valuations, and as always a good art selection, local interest, military and transport.  Add a comment

9.05.11. Barbara Stocks has found a bigger and better venue for her fair than the Hale Barns Scout Headquarters. This one is in Sale and the fair has been renamed The Brooklands Book Fair, with the first event to be held on October 15th. Barbara says she had a waiting list but now she can accommodate thirty or more stalls, so everyone will get a chance to stand there.  Add a comment

5.05.11. One of the most important books in the history of medical science, a signed collection of works by painter John Bellany and a 174-year-old copy of the Edinburgh Evening Courant are all items which will help bring in tens of thousands of pounds at the 38th annual Christian Aid Book Sale ... more  Add a comment

3.05.11. An insider's guide to book fairs ... more  Add a comment

3.05.11. Zoë Wanamaker writes: "I am delighted that Shakespeare's Globe has been chosen as this year's charity for the London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia. It is very timely as plans are now underway to build a library adjacent to the Globe" ... more  Add a comment

3.05.11. I recently added Judith Goodman's Church Stretton Book Fair, which this year will be held on June 4th. There will be secondhand and antiquarian books to suit all tastes, free admission, and a cafe for the Severn Hospice.  Add a comment

28.04.11. The New Forest Book Fair on Saturday will open earlier than usual, at 9.30. This month's offer will include Biggles first editions, a visiting car and motorsports specialist stall, a couple of new faces to the book-trade, and as always a good natural history selection, arts, topography, military and aviation, maps and prints with a great deal more.  Add a comment

26.04.11. The 'BB' Society are organising a Book Fair in Brixworth, Northamptonshire on Sunday May 15th. Along with books by local author 'BB' (Denys Watkins-Pitchford) expect to find awide range of other authors, antiquarian books, local history, countryside pursuits, birds, flora and fauna, maps, and art books.  Add a comment

18.04.11. Keith Simmonds has sent us details of Bristol’s new monthly Book Market, which has just won an award for the Best Small Market. He says that at present there are around a dozen stalls but there is the scope to increase this as long as the authorities give planning permission, and that stall holders include refugees from the old Bristol Book Fair. The next market is on Sunday May 1st and an added attraction is that runs in tandem with the Slow Food Market.  Add a comment

Bristol Book Market

13.04.11. Stephanie Jones of Gresley Books has written to say that she regrets to anounce the cancellation of the Derby Book Fair on April 16th.  Add a comment

11.04.11. This year's Christian Aid Book Sale in Edinburgh opens on Saturday 14th May and will be open each day (except Sunday) until Friday 20th May. The church will be open for donations of books and other items from 9am - 9pm on May 2nd - 11th.  Add a comment

8.04.11. Bloomsbury Auctions blame cashflow problems for failure to pay for books ... more  Add a comment

7.04.11. The annual fundraising Book Sale for Royston Parish Chruch runs from April 30th - May 2nd, and will have the usual wide variety of donated books for sale.  Add a comment

7.04.11. On Saturday 9th April, the National Memorial Arboretum will host its first Military Book Fair. Organised by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA), it will provide an opportunity for members of the public to meet specialist UK booksellers and buy books on all military subjects ... more  Add a comment

4.04.11. John Atkinson writes: "With so many bookshops and fairs closing, or indeed declining, its nice to report some good news. George Jeffrey, well known in the booksellers world particularly in the London area was already running the successful monthly Etc Books Map Prints and Ephemera Fair at the Royal National Hotel near Euston Station in London.
    For the past few months he has also taken over running the larger monthly Book Fair in the same Hotel on a different Sunday. This is the county's largest monthly book fair. Already he has added a second room with many new dealers in attendance. Both book fairs are buzzing, so what is George's secret, I think it is his knowledge and experience of being both a buyer and seller, and keeping things simple. Hats off to George for all the hard work and enthusiasm."  Add a comment
    In response to Mr Atkinson's revisionist view of history, let's acknowledge the hard work of former managers Wendy Collyer and Peter Sheridan, whose efforts over twenty-five years - some 300 fairs - made the Royal National the success it is. - Stephen Miller - 08.04.11.
    Please can you stress that the comments made are not those of Dr John Atkinson of Darlington. I know it's a common name, but the thoughts given are not mine and I have been approached a number of times by a number of people I do not and never will want to upset about these comments! They are not my sentiments. - Dr John Atkinson 26.04.11.

1.04.11. Mark Richardson writes: "I couldn't get my usual venue for the Tonbridge Book Fair on May 1st this year, so decided to cancell it instead of trying to find a new venue for a one off. So I'm concentrating efforts on just one fair this year on Sunday October 16th. There is still space available and I'm taking advanced bookings now. It's hoped that there will be around 30 dealers at the event and there could well be one or two literary events coinciding with the fair as well as book signings and poetry readings."  Add a comment

29.03.11. Nelson Events, organisers of the Alexandra Palace collectors, 20th century and art deco fair, have announced a 'fair within a fair', in conjunction with the PBFA. The first date will be May 1st, when some forty book, map and print specialists, will participate in their own dedicated and branded area, within the main fair. Nelson Events say they have noticed greater demand for printed material at their fair, and the increased exposure and commercial opportunities should benefit PBFA members.  Add a comment

25.03.11. Stephanie Jones has added two more Derby Book Fair dates for this year, April 16th and October 22nd. She describes the fair as "lively" and there should be 15 dealers selling all sorts of secondhand and collectable books.  Add a comment

21.03.11. This year's Hale Barns Book Fair is now being run by Barbara Stocks and will be held on April 2nd. Along with the usual dealers there will be a charity stall selling donated books, stamps, etc, in aid of victims of the recent tsunami and alzheimer's sufferers. Apparently, last years donated books raised more than £590.  Add a comment

21.03.11. Jude Haslam informs us that this year's Richmond Book Fair will be held as part of the Walking and Book Festival on Sunday 25th September.  Add a comment

15.03.11. One benefit of having to move web server has been improved web traffic stats, which reveal all sorts of interesting information about how visitors use the site. One thing they highlight is how little use the 'Fairs by County' and 'Fairs by Town' dropdowns get. They weren't very obvious, so I've dragged them out front to see if you like them any better.  Add a comment

7.03.11. John Collins is organising a new fair at the recently renovated Whitstable Castle, the first of which will be held on May 8th. It will be a small Fair with about 12 dealers, but with the intention of covering a wide variety of subjects, and with the added attractions of the castle, its gardens and restaurant.  Add a comment

4.03.11. A very late entry for Chilworth Book Sale, which starts tomorrow at 2.00 (dealer entry a fiver at 1.00).  Add a comment

3.03.11. Bookdealer not to recommence publication ... more  Add a comment

1.03.11. TheBookGuide website continued to grow in popularity throughout 2010, with our stats showing a yearly increase in unique visitors of 17.8% - a trend which looks set to continue in 2011. And it couldn't be easier to join our existing advertisers in turning our readers into your customers ... more  Add a comment

28.02.11. Jude Haslam informs us that this year's Richmond Book Fair will be held as part of the Walking and Book Festival on Sunday 25th September.  Add a comment

24.02.11. This month's New Forest Book Fair on the 26th will have over twenty stalls with a great selection of books, from antiquarian to modern. This month, of particular local and indeed topical New Forest (development) interest, is a mammoth 6’ X 6’ cloth backed map of Lyndhurst. Possibly drawn up in response to the 1932 Town and Country Planning Act (the first fruit of lobbying by the then recently formed Council for the Preservation of Rural England, later the Campaign to Protect Rural England). For further information tel: 023 80781927 or  Add a comment

18.02.11. This year Denny Gibson will be holding two Bedale Book & Postcard Fairs, full details of which can be found here  Add a comment

14.02.11. The Morston Charity Book Sale is back by popular demand and this year is being held over the weekend of April 30th - May 2nd. Organiser Sally Metcalfe says that there will be "thousands of good quality secondhand books. All subjects, sorted by category and all very reasonably priced".  Add a comment

10.02.11. Nancy Hamilton tells me that dealers at Saturday's Bell Street Book Fair will have "... some early "Flashman" and later Wodehouse Firsts, and a delightful Observer British Wild Flowers 1st with the initial print jacket. There will be art, antiquarian, aviation, transport, military, natural history, and this month a welcome visiting seller from Southampton who rarely strays so far west".  Add a comment

9.02.11. Sheppard's Confidential recently ran a Book Fair Survey which makes interesting reading, and the full results can be found here.  Add a comment

9.02.11. This year, Pete Fry has moved his two day Bank Holiday event from May to the August weekend. Details for this, along with his other Clapham Village Book Fairs can be found here.  Add a comment

5.02.11. I've just added Jennifer Manning's remaining Deal Book Fair dates, the next of which is on February 27th.  Add a comment

31.01.11. Stephanie Jones is organising a new fair in Derby on February 19th. She says that there will be "... over 20 dealers, featuring a wide range of secondhand and collectable books covering many topics including sport, local history, topography, military and children’s books."  Add a comment

25.01.11. Nancy Hamilton says that the New Forest Book Fair on the 29th is going to be a big one. Swelling the ranks will be a "BB" specialist, and new faces selling first editions, antiquarian, military, topography, and transport. There will also be a opportunity to chat with Nigel Gossopp about Percy Westerman and the "Ripping Yarn" genre, further details here.  Add a comment

22.01.11. HD Fairs, probably best known to our readers as promoters of the monthly Bloomsbury Book Fair and the Farnham Maltings Book Fair have gone into liquidation. However, the future of these two events is secure, with Bloomsbury now being run by Kim Jeffery (Etc Fairs) and Farnham taken over by Wendy Collyer and Peter Sheridan (Thames Book Fairs) who have managed the fair on HD's behalf for many years. All the dates for this year remain unchanged, and I'm sure both events will continue to prosper.  Add a comment

20.01.11. I've just added Jeremy LeLean's Winchester Book Fair dates, the first of which is January 22nd.  Add a comment

17.01.11. Doncaster Library's Book & Periodical Sale has expanded this year to a two day event, to be held on January 29th and 31st.  Add a comment

13.01.11. Just added: The Dublin City Book Fair, the first of which is on January 16th.  Add a comment

13.01.11. The Petworth Society monthly charity book sale dates have just been added.  Add a comment

11.01.11. Just added Steve Marshall's Tunbridge Wells dates, and the Sevenoaks Book Fairs, which this year will be run by Gerald Cramp.  Add a comment

8.01.11. Ralph Carter's Herne Book Fair celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and his first date is on January 16th.  Add a comment

4.01.11. Andrew Wragg writes regarding the Buxton Book Fair on December 19th: 'Even in all the very poor weather conditions the fair went ahead in very difficult circumstances. And its a credit to the organiser and the 16 dealers that made an enormous effort to attend. This stopped the fair being cancelled which would have been the first time since the fairs started over 20 years ago. And the not forgetting the members of the public who made it to. So the Buxton Book Fair came through again.'  Add a comment

3.01.11. This year's Amnesty International Big Booksale will take place on January 13th at 25 Red Lion Square in Holborn, London.  Add a comment

1.01.11. Welcome to the 2011 Book Fairs Calendar.
    Over the holidays an advertiser reported that some readers were confused by the way the fair dates were displayed. We have now amended the date line so that each fair listing now shows the full D/M/Y, which should avoid any future problems.
     If you find a bug in the site please report it, because if we don't know there's a problem, we can't fix it!  Add a comment