Northern Publishers’ Fair at Central Library

Part of our Literature guide

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Writer Gaynor Jones.
Writer Gaynor Jones.

Northern Publishers' Fair at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 14 May 2022, free entry - Visit now

Various independent publishing houses will be setting out their stalls at Manchester Central Library for the latest Northern Publishers’ Fair, organised by Manchester’s own Fly On The Wall Press.

There will be at least thirteen stalls serving up bookish goodness at the summer outing of the Northern Publishers’ Fair – perfect for chatting about and stocking up on books.

There will be at least thirteen stalls serving up bookish goodness at the summer outing of the Northern Publishers’ Fair – perfect for chatting about and stocking up on books. Alongside the organisers, Fly On The Wall Press, a social enterprise company and a not-for-profit publisher of anthologies, collections and chapbooks, there are a number of indies back for a third time (the last Northern Publishers’ Fairs took place in September and November).

These include Hebden Bridge-based Bluemoose Books, 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.

Returning for a second time, in alphabetical order, are: Manchester’s Carcanet Press, publishing “the most comprehensive and diverse list available of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation, as well as a range of inventive fiction, Lives and Letters and literary criticism”; Comma Press, a not-for-profit publisher specialising in the short story and fiction in translation; Cōnfingō, an independent publishing house based in Manchester, creating a beautiful bi-annual journal of new fiction, poetry and art in all forms along with exciting non-fiction, such as Dave Haslam’s Art Decades series, and novels, such as David Gaffney’s Out Of The Dark; Salford’s Flapjack Press, who publish poetry, poetry-theatre, plays and art collections for adults and children, and coordinate the monthly live lit showcase Word Central in association with Manchester Libraries, and TTA Press, renowned for its slipstream/horror fiction and publishers of Interzone, Britain’s longest-running science fiction and fantasy magazine.

They will be joined this time by Crocus Books (CommonWord), HarperNorth, Manchester University Press and UCLAN Publishing, and there will be performances by authors from some of the presses. Here’s the line-up of readers so far: 11.40-11.50am Jonathan Purkis for Manchester University Press; 11.50am-12 noon Gaynor Jones for Fly On The Wall Press; 12 noon-12.10pm Tim Murgatroyd for Stairwell Books; 12.10-12.20pm John Siddique for Crocus Books (CommonWord); 12.20-12.30pm Lucy Power for Flapjack Press; 1-1.10pm Alison Armstrong for Saraband; 1.10-1.20pm Stu Hennigan for Blue Moose; 1.30-1.40pm Stephen Hargadon for TTA Press.

The event is free entry, but do book a browsing slot in advance via Eventbrite. The last entry is 3.30pm.

Northern Publishers' Fair at Manchester Central Library, Manchester

14 May 2022 11:30 am
Free entry