The Small Publishers’ Fair is an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, writers, composers, book designers, and their publishers. It was set up and run for its first ten years by Martin Rogers of RGAP (Research Group for Artists Publications).  The Fair is independent, self-funding and not-for-profit.

The first Small Publishers Fair took place in the Royal Festival Hall in 2002. The year after the Fair moved to Conway Hall. Built in 1929 by the Ethical Society, the hall is a ‘landmark of London’s independent intellectual, political and cultural life’. It is a natural home for the Small Publishers’ Fair.

“the tremendous Small Publishers Fair”
Michael Caines, TLS

Small Publishers Fair is organised by Helen Mitchell, who is based in Norwich. Advice and support is provided by Simon Cutts (Ireland), Jeremy Dixon (Vale of Glamorgan), Caspar Evans (Norwich), Ross Hair (UEA, Norwich), Colin Sackett and Bethan Sackett-Thomas (Axminster, Devon).

Photography by Caspar Evans and Julie Mitchell.  Fair assistants: Kate Fitzgeorge, Peter Mitchell, Lloyd Smith, Abby Stancliffe-Vaughan and Ricky Taylor.

“There are many things still to be done with
folded paper and twine.”

Simon Cutts, Coracle


240 publishers have taken part in Small Publishers Fair since 2002. This includes international publishers and many others traveling from across the UK. Today the Fair combines a core of regular participants alongside new or emerging presses.

Participation is by invitation. Invitations will start to go out in June 2018. Email us to be added to the list for consideration and do keep in touch. Space is limited and if you are not immediately successful this does not mean that you won’t be another year.