Each year Small Publishers Fair brings together some 65 publishers, or some 200 artists, designers, illustrators, poets, printmakers and writers who make books. Here are the people who make the Fair happen each year.

Helen Mitchell
Since 2012 Helen Mitchell has curated, organised and developed Small Publishers Fair. She is an arts administrator, fundraiser, marketer and curator with thirty years experience of working in arts and museums.

Involved in small press publishing since the early 1990s, when she worked on the Coracle Press archive, Helen also organised and co-curated the 2012 touring exhibition Printed in Norfolk.  

She is an experienced festivals’ manager, writes and edits museum displays, founded Norfolk Open Studios, and led on development for ten years for The Rialto, where she devised and obtained funding for the Editor Development Programme.

Helen works from home in a terraced house in Norwich. A collector of small press publications and a reader, Helen sails on the Norfolk Broads, walk or cycles most places and is involved in her local park.  

Colin Sackett
Colin Sackett is an artist, designer and publisher. He has been designer and advisor to Small Publishers Fair since 2002, and designs the card and publicity each year. For the 2019 fair he devised the new typographic identity.

Based in Axminster, he began the ‘terraced publishing house’ Uniformbooks in 2011. Since the 1990s he has designed books for many publishers, galleries and museums, including: Coracle, etruscan books, Fundacion Ortego Munoz, Modern Art Oxford, Nordsjøforlaget, Soundcamp, The Bowes Museum, Turner Contemporary, and The Laurence Sterne Trust.

Colin Sackett | Book design and production | Uniformbooks

Angie Butler
Angie Butler is an artist publisher (ABPress), and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at UWE, Bristol.

Angie helps coordinate, and introduces the Fair readings’ programme. She also helps with social media in the lead up to the Fair, and provides on-going advice and support.

Photography and film
Caspar Evans (photography) and Julie H. M. Mitchell (film and photography).  Both also provide invaluable other help from putting out table cloths to tech and social media support.

Other people involved
Simon Cutts (Coracle Press, Ireland) was the driving force behind the creation of the Small Publishers Fair. He continues to be a friend and mentor to the current director, as he was previously to the Martin Rogers (Director 2002-2012).

Jeremy Dixon (Hazard Press, Vale of Glamorgan) helps out with the Facebook page. He, along with Nancy Campbell (Bird Editions, Oxford), Ross Hair (UEA, Norwich), Erica Van Horn (Coracle Press, Ireland) and Julie Johnstone (Essence Press, Edinburgh) all provide advice and support.

Colin Sackett in a meeting in the foyer at Conway Hall during the 2018 Small Publishers Fair.
Designer, Colin Sackett (rhs) in a meeting in the Conway Hall foyer, SPF18. Photo Caspar Evans
Helen Mitchell is director and organiser of Small Publishers Fair. Here she is seen talking with Michael Caines of TLS.
Director, Helen Mitchell with Michael Caines of TLS/Brixton Review of Books SPF16. Photo Julie Mitchell
Jeremy Dixon and Angie Butler who both help out with the Fair, seen here taking part in the Fair in 2017.
Jeremy Dixon and Angie Butler (just visible) at Small Publishers Fair 2017