Book Fairs Diary

If you like old books, you’ll love book fairs. They are a superb opportunity to spend a few hours surrounded by beautiful books, to meet fellow addicts and to add wonderful material to your collection. I sell at fairs from the South Coast to York and you can find my diary here.

Pop along, pick up a bargain and say ‘hello’ – I might even buy you a coffee. (Frankly, this would probably involve you going to buy the coffees with my money; I’m usually too busy minding the stall. Cynics might therefore see this ‘offer’ as a transparent ploy to get someone else to do the refreshment-legwork while I take it easy but this is not the case. I really will be working and we can talk about old books when you get back from the cafe.) I sell at the Etc Fairs Bloomsbury Book Fair each month, I sell at the Etc Fairs Book and Ephemera Fair each month and I also sell at PBFA Book Fairs.

At each fair I always have an interesting stock of Victorian publishers’ bindings. In addition to that I bring new stock, manuscript material, maps, original art works and plenty more.

Sunday 30th July: Bloomsbury Book and Ephemera Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.

Sunday 13th August: Bloomsbury Book Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.

Sunday 27th August: Bloomsbury Book and Ephemera Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.

Sunday 10th September: Bloomsbury Book Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.

Friday 15th, Saturday 16th: PBFA York Premier Book Fair, The Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse, YO23 1EX.

AKA ‘The Big One’, this is the largest book fair in the country and well worth a visit. Over 200 dealers with books ranging from a few pounds up to many thousands of pounds…

Sunday 24th September: Bloomsbury Book and Ephemera Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs Fairs.

Sunday 8th October: Bloomsbury Book Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.

Saturday 14th October: Lewes Book Fair, Town Hall, BN7 2QS. Featuring the return of the £3-a-book stall. Candidly, I get bored easily and do not like to carry around ‘old’ stock. So I sell it at the Lewes Fair for £3 an item, no matter what it cost and no matter what it’s worth. I’m opposite the door – turn up early and bring a box. Lewes is a great fair in a great town and I’ve been doing it on and off for twenty years, although the £3 a book sale is relatively recent. I absolutely love this fair – great place, great people, great books.

Sunday 29th October: Bloomsbury Book and Ephemera Summer Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.

Sunday 4th November: Bloomsbury Book Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.

Sunday 26th November: Bloomsbury Book and Ephemera Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.

Saturday 2nd December: PBFA London Christmas Book Fair, Holiday Inn London, Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT. A very big fair, with over a hundred top dealers – displaying a commensurate number of book-shaped Christmas presents.

Sunday 10th December: Bloomsbury Book Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.

Sunday 27th December: Bloomsbury Book and Ephemera Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.