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2014 Book Fairs

A new year brings new reasons to be excited, and for us at Ffotogallery we are excited for the many book fairs and festivals that are happening around the UK in the coming year! Here is some information and details on ones we have spotted and think it would be worth while to take a closer look at and maybe get involved with.

Leeds Print Festival
24th-31st January 2014
Leeds Print Festival
For the third year running, 2014’s champions contemporary and traditional print making processes with a series of events spanning a whole week. Including; an opening night celebration, print exhibitions, a series of talks and of course, the print fair itself.

The London Book Fair
8th, 9th & 10th April 2014
London Book FairThere is a huge amount that can be discovered at LBF. It might be the company that can convert your book to digital, the seminar that reveals a new approach to marketing, the future-gazing presentation that transforms your strategy. Or it might just be a chance meeting that leads to future business. The entire publishing industry is represented at LBF, with over 1500 stand holders in Earls Court 1 and 2 as well as 580+ table holders in the International Rights Centre. There are also over 200+ subjects being covered within the seminars!
Bristol Anarchist Book Fair
26th April, 2014, Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol

Bristol Anarchist Book Fair 2014With a wide range of talks covering everything from anarchism and education to extreme energy and prison abolition; over 60 stalls; an outdoor space and activities (including a bouncy castle!); the Radical History Zone at Hydra Books; Kebele’s superb vegan cafe; Permanent Culture Now marquee; and a lively after party at The Croft.

If you would like to get involved with the organisation of this book fair, contact for more details!

Turn The Page Artists’s Book Fair
Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May 2014 @ Forum, Norwich
Turn The Page Norwich
Turn The Page artists’ book fair is a UK and international exhibiting and selling platform for artists who are creating work that is inspired by the structural and conceptual properties of the book form.
The event is held over 2 days in the spectacular atrium
at the Forum, Norwich and is fast establishing its place amongst the top UK Book Art events.

Nairn Book and Arts Festival
2nd – 7th September 2014, Selected Venues over the area of NairnNairn Book Art FairOver the years the literary events have attracted a selection of well-known names across a range of genres, including Iain Banks, Christopher Brookmyre and A L Kennedy, as well as nationally and internationally renowned speakers like Kate Adie and Trevor Royle. For music lovers there has been a diverse range of performances from Scottish traditional to jazz music, past performers include the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and The Temperance Seven.

One of Scotland’s favourite book and arts events, the Nairn Book & Arts Festival prides itself on celebrating Highland culture and history, with an emphasis on Gaelic culture. The programmes are always broad reaching with appeal for tourists from the UK and overseas as well as our local audience.


self-publisher’s question time

This article from Time magazine provokes some interesting questions about zines and self-publishing in an age of globalization. Give it a read and see if you’re convinced that creating physical artefacts in a literary world currently enamoured with internet publishing is in line with, or a betrayal of the counter-cultural roots of the zine.

When does an ethical stance become snobbery? Are there any “wrong” reasons to make a zine?

Would you be turned off a publication because of its high or low production values?

Do you find zines therapeutic to read or create? What makes unedited, unmediated media so appealing to people more accustomed to the opposite?

Spike Island: Again a Time Machine

Again, A Time Machine is a fluid tour of new commissions and archival presentations drawn from the 27 year history of Book Works, a London based contemporary visual art publisher. Re-imagined as the work moves from venue to venue, the exhibition presents responses to a theme that plays with and inverts notions of time, archive and distribution, received pasts and possible futures.
Related events:
Thursday 15 September, 6-8pm: exhibition preview
Tuesday 20 September, 3-5pm: Book Works Surgery for artists
Tuesday 20 September, 6pm: Book Works: Pasts and Futures
Tuesday 27 September, 6pm: Re-make/Re-model: Performing Documents
Saturday 1 October, 2pm: exhibition tour
Tuesday 4 October, 6pm: Performance: Laure Prouvost and Rory Macbeth
Saturday 8 October, 12-5pm: Artists’ Book and Zine Fair

A Novel Approach?

Visual Editions are a London-based publisher specializing in “writing that uses visual elements as an integral part of the writing itself” and fresh, original ways to bring together visual and literary arts. The striking aesthetics of these editions aren’t just for decoration, they’re designed to impact upon the experience of reading.

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes is a new story cut from the pre-existing novel The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz. Below is a video showing the printing and cutting of the books:

Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer: Making Of from Visual Editions on Vimeo.

There’s also an edition of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy that rejects the idea that a conventional printing does justice to the aggressively nonlinear classic. Opting instead for irregular page layouts, doodles and diagrams, and flashes of neon orange ink; this is a reassertion of the novel as a physical artefact that stands out all the more in the current climate of Kindles, iPads and other e-readers.

The Curious World of Becky Adams at Mission Gallery 02 April – 22 May

We’ve just heard about Becky Adams’ new show, taking place at the Mission Gallery, Swansea.

Mission Gallery is open: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

Gloucester Place, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 1TY

Admission free

Becky has been a  stall-holder at previous BAFs so we’re really looking forward to seeing her work! Check it out first on the Mission Gallery website. (Images (c)Becky Adams)

Great BAF5 Success!

This year’s event was bigger and better than ever before. Particular thanks to all the contributors – it has become an almost international affair, with people coming from as far afield as Salford and Germany (thanks Craig and Kathrin)! Seriously though, a great effort by everyone. Feedback has been wholly and enthusiastically positive to date. Here are a few photos of the day..

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