Monday, May 23, 2011

 UK Antique and Antiquarian Fairs in June

The Magic Songs comes from the press tomorrow and I just booked flights to London for next week. Besides doing some marketing it seems there will also be ridiculously many antique and antiquarian fairs to visit. In a little over a week there are 6 fairs in London alone.

Here are some listings:

5 June: London, Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair, Royal National Hotel. 160 stalls.
5 June: London Hotel Russell Book Fair, Hotel Russell. Perhaps around 150 stalls also.

These two medium sized fairs have been quite good the two times I have visited them. Moderate prices.

9-11 June: ILAB London International Antiquarian Book Fair. The main fair of the year. Expensive but interesting to look around.
8-9 June: Hand & Flower Book Fair. New book fair right next to ILAB fair in Olympia. I haven't visited it before.
10-11 June: London Novotel Book Fair. Medium sized fair also next to Olympia . Moderate prizes.

In Olympia fair centre there is also a huge antiques fair at the of the antiquarian fair:

9-19 June: Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair. Expensive but also interesting.

But even more than these I am intrigued to visit Newark Antique Fair in Nottinghamshire on 9-10 June. It seems to be the largest antique fair in Europe with some 4000 stalls. I've never been there before and that number is quite staggering.

Not sure how I'm going to be able to visit all of these, but it'll be interesting to try. :D

Besides fairs I will definitely visit three lovely esoteric bookshops in London: Watkins Books, The Atlantis Bookshop and Treadwell's Bookshop, which also hosts many interesting events. I will try to be able to visit three of them:

03 June 11 (Friday)
Book Launch Party: Austin Osman Spare's Book of Pleasure

11 June 11 (Saturday)
Foraging for Herbs: A Hedgewitches' Teaching Walk
Natasha Richardson, Herbalist

14 June 11 (Tuesday)
Hermes Trismegistus: Fall and Rise of a Magical Figure
Gary Lachman

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