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Small Publishers’ Fair 2017

Published: 1 Aug 2017

SilverWood author Nikki Copleston (pictured left, with Jill Treseder and Carolyn Hughes) shares the news about this year’s Small Publishers’ Fair.  

The Silk Mill at Frome in Somerset was buzzing with activity throughout this year’s Small Publishers’ Fair on July 8th. 

First held in 2016, the Fair is the brainchild of Frome Writers’ Collective, a group that currently has around 100 members. Barry Cunningham MBE - the man who, famously, was the first to see promise in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - is the Collective’s patron, opening this year’s Fair with a stirring speech in praise of printed books.

The Small Publishers’ Fair featured twenty stands of independent publishers like Hobnob Press and Ex Libris; book artists such as Otto Graphics and Sally Barnett; and self-publishing partners that included SilverWood Books. An eye-catching display of books drew visitors to the SilverWood stand, and authors Alan Hamilton, Carolyn Hughes, Jill Treseder, Des Ward, Wendy Worley and myself were on hand to answer questions and explain SilverWood’s ethos. This was also the first day of the week long Frome Festival, so the town was especially busy, with a full programme of literary and artistic events that drew visitors from far and wide. 

The SilverWood Books stall provided an ideal showcase for SilverWood’s titles as well as offering a great opportunity to network - both among its authors and with the public. 

Plans are already afoot for SPF 2018 - here’s to next July! 

Thank you to Crysse Morrison for the photograph. 
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Nikki Copleston is author of murder mystery The Shame of Innocence, available to buy from the SilverWood bookshop here