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A date for your diary – PBFA’s new Christmas Fair on December 6

Visit the new PBFA Christmas fairThere’s a new event on the UK’s book fair calendar. The PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) has added the Kensington Christmas Book Fair to its extensive list of fairs.

The Kensington Christmas Book Fair takes places on 6 December at Kensington Town Hall in the heart of London, and AbeBooks.co.uk is a sponsor.

The PBFA operates a busy schedule of regional book fairs across the UK but this new Christmas Fair is set to become a major attraction for bibliophiles thanks to its sheer size. More than 90 booksellers have committed to exhibiting books at the fair and they are a mixture of sellers, including Peter Harrington, Jonkers Rare Books and Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers from London, Oxford’s Temple Rare Books, Hampshire’s Holybourne Rare Books, Salsus Books from Kidderminster, and Norfolk’s Peakirk Books.

A couple of booksellers from Germany and Israel will also be exhibiting.

“When a large group of leading booksellers descend on the capital, there is sure to be a buzz of anticipation,” said Deborah Davis. “All manner of interesting, beautiful, rare, collectable and quirky books and ephemera will be offered for sale, at prices to suit every enthusiast. We hope collectors old and new will join the PBFA for this Christmas treat.”

  • Times: 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • Admission: £2 or free in advance if you use this complimentary ticket.
  • Address – Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
  • Parking – A public car park is immediately below the Town Hall.
  • Tube: High Street Kensington

Visit the PBFA website for more details.

Booksellers, who are members of the PBFA, can still reserve booths at the event by contacting fair managers Tony Mulholland (mulhollandt@aol.com) or Deborah Davis (deborah@mchardybooks.com).

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association has been organising book fairs across the UK since the 1970s. The association has been instrumental in ensuring the general public has access to rare books via a regular calendar of events in numerous locations.

 Booksellers exhibiting at the Christmas Fair include:

 Alex Alec Smith Books from Hull

Antiquates from Corfe Castle, Dorset

BAS Ltd from London

Bath and West Books from Bath

Black Cat Bookshop from Leicester

Bond Books from Dorset

Claremont Books from London

David Miles from Canterbury

Ellwood Books from Hampshire

Finecopy from Westbury, Wiltshire

Gerald Baker from Bristol

Graham York Rare Books from Honiton, Devon

Hans Lindner Antiquariat from Mainburg, Germany

Holybourne Rare Books from Alton, Hampshire

Hyraxia from Leeds

J & SL Bonham from London

Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers from London

John Atkinson Books from Durham

Jonkers Rare Books from Henley on Thames

London Rare Books

Lucius Books from York

M Pollak Antiquariat from Tel-Aviv, Israel

Michael S Kemp Bookseller from Minster on Sea, Kent

Missing Books from Great Leighs, Essex

Neil Ewart of Newcastle upon Tyne

Neil Summersgill from Blackburn

Paul Foster from London

Peakirk Books from Fakenham, Norfolk

Peter Harrington from London

Richard Thornton from Blackburn

Robert Frew from London

Robert Kirkman from Leighton Buzzard

Salsus Books from Kidderminster

Sevin Seydi Rare Books from London

Stephen Foster from London

Steve Liddle from Bristol

Steven Ferdinando from Yeovil

Surprise Books from Stroud

Temple Rare Books from Oxford

Toby English from Wallingford

Ventnor Rare Books from Isle of Wight

Walden Books from London

West Hull Rare Books from Hull

White Eagle Rare Books from London

Worlds End Bookshop from London

 Zimnol Books from London

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