Ten independent publishing houses set out their stalls at the socially distanced Northern Publishers’ Fair at Manchester Central Library. Organised by Manchester’s own Fly On The Wall Press, you’re invited to “come see what these innovative Northern publishers have to offer and celebrate the North after, what we will all agree, has been a hard year for independent publishing”.
There will be ten stalls serving up bookish goodness at the Northern Publishers’ Fair, including the brand-new Manchester Poetry Library.
The event is free entry, but, to ensure a safe and socially distanced event, you must book a browsing slot in advance via Eventbrite and show your ticket to the Fly On The Wall Press team on the door to the event space. The last entrance window is 3.10-3.30pm. Please wear a face covering and use the hand sanitiser provided at the library entrance. Card payments will be encouraged for all those papery purposes and the library cafe will be open – you can bring drinks into the fair if you fancy.
There will be ten stalls serving up bookish goodness at the Northern Publishers’ Fair, including the brand-new Manchester Poetry Library and five indies confirmed to date. Hebden Bridge-based Bluemoose Books are a multi-award winning independent publisher counting Leonard And Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession and Portico Prize 2020-shortlisted Benjamin Myers’ The Gallows Pole among their popular titles. They’re also one of the members of the Northern Fiction Alliance, showcasing publishing based in the North of England, as are Saraband Books, another award-winning indie, based in Salford, and publishing fiction alongside “absorbing nature writing, pressing environmental issues and compelling memoir”.
Stairwell Books are in York and offer fresh writing by authors from Yorkshire and beyond, counting on their list literary fiction, genre fiction, biography and memoir, short story and poetry collections, and children’s lit – “a book for everyone”, as they say. Comprised of a team of dedicated climbers, walkers and mountain bikers, Vertebrate Publishing is an award-winning publisher of outdoor books, guidebooks and ebooks based on the edge of the Peak District while Birmingham’s Verve Poetry Press does exactly what its name suggests – it publishes poetry and it’s also involved in running the Verve Poetry Festival.
The organisers Fly On The Wall Press is a social enterprise company and a not-for-profit publisher, based in Manchester. Their anthologies, collections and chapbooks include Pigskin by David Hartley.