Book lovers meet local authors Oxford Indie Book Fair

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There were around 50 exhibitors at the fair at Wesley Memorial Hall in New Inn Hall Street on Saturday. This followed the first event in November,

Exhibitors included independent publishers such as Claret Press, Oxford ebooks and Chris Andrews.

Cartoonist Korky Paul and other book illustrators were there, as well as artists Diana Bell, Weimin He and John Buckley.

Mr Buckley is best known in Oxford for creating the iconic Headington Shark at the home of Bill Heine, the journalist who died in 2019.

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He showed off some of his shark photos for the first time.

Author Sylvia Vetta, one of the organizers of the event, said: “The book fair went really well – after 11 we were busy.”

Oxford Mail:

Oxford Indie Book Fair showcases small publishers, independent booksellers, local authors, poets, artists and illustrators.

The website states: “We offer the opportunity for new and established talent to showcase their work at our event in Oxford in 2022.

Oxford Mail:

“It seems to be increasingly difficult for all but the most ‘previously successful’ authors to be accepted by traditional publishers and/or to be recognized and profiled in our mainstream media.

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“Independent book fairs are taking hold elsewhere and since Oxford is a great city for the arts and letters and renowned for writing and publishing, it is not before time that the growing independent sector has his voice.”

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