Just a quick little blogette. Went up to Sheffield yesterday for an Independent Publishers’ Fair held at a newish (and devastatingly charismatic) art gallery called Bank Street Arts. The gallery looks quite unassuming from outside, like a small cafe, yet on entering it’s a bit of a rabbit warren split over 3 levels with a cafe & working studios incorporated in the basement.
The fair itself was fairly unusual from what I can tell. A great opportunity to come face-to-face with the small press, browse some gorgeous books from the various specialisms (poetry, short story, novel & photography were all represented) & take part in some talks.
It was a fly-by visit so I only had time for two. I chose one from Comma Press, a Manchester based publisher of short story anthologies & one by local Midlands author David Belbin (published by Tindal Street Press & Five Leaves). The former was on ‘How to Get Published in the Independent Press’. It was packed to the rafters.
I’ve no time to detail much here, but if you’re a local writer I recommend having a look at the publishers.
Also visited The Rude Shipyard cafe & bookshop on Abbeydale Road for breakfast. Another reason to fall in love with Sheffield all over again? I think so.
Big love for local independents of all kinds x