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.
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.
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 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.
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.