Book lovers eagerly await two book fairs in Oxford

Local authors will gather at the Oxford Indie Book Fair next month, following the success of the first event.

It will take place on Saturday April 2 at Wesley Memorial Hall on New Inn Hall Street, following the first event in November,

The 45 exhibitors will include independent publishers such as Claret Press, Oxford ebooks and Chris Andrews.

A colorful presence will be provided by Korky Paul and other book illustrators, as well as artists Diana Bell and John Buckley.

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Mr Buckley is best known in Oxford for creating the iconic Headington Shark at the home of Bill Heine, the journalist who died in 2019.

He will present for the first time some of his photos of sharks.

Oxford Indie Book Fair showcases small publishers, independent booksellers, local authors, poets, artists and illustrators.

The website states: “We offer the opportunity for new and established talent to showcase their work at our event in Oxford in 2022.

“It seems to be increasingly difficult for all but the most ‘previously successful’ authors to be accepted by traditional publishers and/or to be recognized and profiled in our mainstream media.

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“Independent book fairs are taking hold elsewhere and since Oxford is a great city for the arts and letters and renowned for writing and publishing, it is not before time that the growing independent sector has his voice.”

The Old Fire Station cafe on George Street will be offering a 10% discount on food and drink with a copy of the day’s programme.

One of the organizers is Kennington author Sylvia Vetta.

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She is perhaps best known for the 10 years she recorded the lives of inspiring people in her feature films Oxford Castaway, which were published in The Oxford Times.

Her debut novel Brushstrokes in Time is the fictionalized memoir of Chinese artist Little Winter, who attempts to reconnect with her American daughter, telling the story of her emotional and rebellious past at a time when self-expression and the love were dangerous. act.

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Another organizer is Jericho author Ray Foulk, who wrote about his experiences organizing the Isle of Wight festival in 1969 when Bob Dylan performed in front of thousands of music fans.

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Also on Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3, the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association will host the Oxford Premier Fair, featuring antiquarian books, at the Headington Hill campus of Oxford Brookes University.

It runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, with booksellers traveling from across the country to attend.

Some books will start at £2 while other collectible volumes could cost thousands of pounds. For more information, visit pbfa.org/fairs/oxford-premier-book-fair-april-2022.

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