Oxford’s first independent book fair takes place on Saturday at Oxford’s new Wesley Memorial Church.
Entrance to the fair at the New Inn Hall Street site is free, thanks to the support of sponsors.
If it’s a success, organizers hope it will happen twice a year.
Open from 10:30 am to 5 pm, it will feature more than 48 exhibitors, eight new book launches, as well as a program of lectures, discussions and workshops.
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The organizers – Sylvia Vetta, Ray Foulk, James Harrison and Andy Severn – aim to revive the atmosphere of the early days of the Oxford Literary Festival.
All positions are taken. Exhibitors include groups of local writers and independent publishers as well as newly published / first-time authors.
Co-organizer Ray Foulk is one of the speakers.
Mr. Foulk is best known for his book Stealing Dylan from Woodstock.
His friend Gary Browning has just taken on Dylan at age 80.
John Mair will launch Morse, Lewis, Endeavor and Oxford: Celebrate 35 years on screen.
Sylvia Vetta will present the upcoming Beijing Spring film, which will be released soon. The untold, true story she wrote about in Brushstrokes in Time is that of the Stars Art Movement, a group of frustrated artists who wanted to be free to express themselves.
The youngest exhibitor is 17-year-old naturalist and environmental activist Alex White and His Get Your Boots On is supported by Chris Packham.
“It’s Divali so we hope he shines,” Ms. Vetta said.