“the tremendous Small Publishers Fair”Michael Caines, TLS | Brixton Review of Books
Small Publishers Fair is the annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, writers, composers, book designers and their publishers. It was set up by Martin Rogers of RGAP (Research Group for Artists Publications) and first took place in 2002.
The Fair brings together a community of small press publishers from across the UK and further afield and takes place in Conway Hall in London’s Bloomsbury on the last Friday and Saturday in October.
How it’s run
The Fair is independent, self-funding* and not-for-profit. Colin Sackett has been Fair designer since the beginning. Helen Mitchell has programmed and organised the Fair since 2012. Find out how the Fair is programmed here.
Small Publishers Fair 2022 was the best attended Fair with great sales and a brilliant atmosphere. During Covid the 2020 fair was cancelled but in 2021 a ‘slow book fair’, OnlineSPF21, took place over two months. It showcased 58 publishers, a booklist and a feature on Lockdown Books.
Through this website, Small Publishers Fair provides light-touch, year-round profile and support for small press publishers and the events and institutions that showcase and support them.
Check out the Book Fair Calender and the list of Libraries and Collections. There is also a Blog with writings from Fair participants and links to digital materials.
“There are many things still to be done with folded paper and twine.”Simon Cutts, Coracle Press
* In the early years some funding came from Derby Art College. Since 2012 there has been institutional support from University of East Anglia (the 2016 exhibition ‘Avant Folk’) and StartEast (2019 investment in design) a business support scheme for the arts in Norfolk and Suffolk, funded by European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.