Northern Publishers’ Fair at Central Library

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Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Northern Publishers' Fair.

Northern Publishers' Fair at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, Until 27 November 2021, free entry - Visit now

Thirteen independent publishing houses set out their stalls at the Christmas 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” – perfect for stocking fillers, plus you get a free copy of Northern Focus Bookseller magazine! There will also be some Christmassy tales performed by northern authors, starting at 11.30am, including flash fiction, short story and novel writer David Gaffney, whose new graphic novel, Rivers, with Dan Berry has just come out.

There will be thirteen stalls serving up bookish goodness at the Northern Publishers’ Fair for this Christmas special.

The event is free entry, but, to ensure a safe and socially distanced event, they are operating a staggered entrance, so you’ll need to 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. Please wear a face covering if you can and use the hand sanitiser provided at the library entrance. Card payments will be encouraged for all those papery purchases and the library cafe will be open – you can bring drinks into the fair if you fancy. The last entrance window is 3.10-3.30pm.

There will be thirteen stalls serving up bookish goodness at the Northern Publishers’ Fair for this Christmas special. Alongside the organisers, Fly On The Wall Press, a social enterprise company and a not-for-profit publisher of anthologies, collections and chapbooks, back for a second time (the last Northern Publishers’ Fair took place in September), 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, while, 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.

They will be joined this time by (in alphabetical order): Bearded Badger Publishing Co with two key imprints, Tra[verse] – a chapbook-sized poetry publications – and East of Centre, a range of contemporary and modern fiction by East Midlands writers; 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 beautiful editions of new fiction, poetry and art in all forms; Salford’s Flapjack Press, who publish poetry, poetry-theatre, plays and art collections for adults and children, and coordinates the monthly live lit showcase Word Central in association with Manchester Libraries; Hidden Voice Publishing, an independent publishing resource centre that supports and represents authors from under-represented groups with publishing paperback and Amazon Kindle books; Penteract Press, a publisher of innovative formal, constrained and visual poetry with a focus on exploring the structural properties of poetry, and TTA Press, renowned for its slipstream/horror fiction and publishers of Interzone, Britain’s longest-running science fiction and fantasy magazine.

Northern Publishers' Fair at Manchester Central Library, Manchester

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