Saturday 27th November 11.30-4.00pm

Manchester Central Library

Thirteen cracking northern publishers serving up bookish goodness at the Northern Publishers’ Fair! Free with Christmassy performances

About this event

Thirteen cracking northern publishers serving up bookish goodness at the Northern Publishers’ Fair!

Entry is free but ticketed. You can book tickets here.

As this is close to Christmas, there will be some Christmassy tales performed by northern authors, starting at 11.40am. 

Performance Schedule:

11.40am Stairwell Books

Simon Culleton will read from Shadows of Fathers which is truly a Christmas book

11.45am Confingo Publishing

David Gaffney will read for Confingo Publishing

11.55am Fly on the Wall Press

Tina Tamsho Thomas reads from ‘Someone Is Missing Me’ which was recently launched at Blackwells

12:00am Flapjack Press

Gerry Potter reads from Planet Young, which featured on the last season of Between the Covers

Sign up for a free ticket below. Though we are operating a staggered entrance, you can of course stay as long as you like! We will have copies of the Northern Focus Bookseller magazine to hand out to early attendees and the first 150 guests receive a free short story pamphlet from Fly on the Wall Press.

Come see what these innovative Northern Publishers have to offer and celebrate the North after, what we will all agree, has been a hard year for independent publishing! Ask our lovely publishers for their recommendations 🙂


Bluemoose Books (Multi-award winning independent publisher of beautifully written stories)

Saraband Books (Award-winning independent publisher of distinctive fiction, nature and culture. & sister imprint Contraband, publisher of Booker-shortlisted His Bloody Project.)

Vertebrate Publishing (A crack team of climbers, cyclists, walkers, designers and photographers running an award-winning publishing empire from The Outdoor City. #inspiringadventure)

Stairwell Books (Stairwell Books is a Small Press publisher who specialises in poetry anthologies, short stories and novels from new writers.)

Fly on the Wall Press (Not for profit Manc independent publishing. A publisher with a conscience. Small Press of Year finalist 2020 & 2021 British Book Awards)

Bearded Badger Publishing Co launched in 2020 with two key imprints: Tra[verse]: a collection of chapbook sized poetry publications, and East of Centre: a range of contemporary and modern fiction by East Midlands writers.

Comma Press is a not-for-profit publisher specialising in the short story and fiction in translation. It is committed to a spirit of risk-taking, and aims to put the short story at the heart of contemporary narrative culture.

Carcanet Press: Now in its fifth decade, Carcanet publishes the most comprehensive and diverse list available of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation, as well as a range of inventive fiction, Lives and Letters and literary criticism.

TTA Press: The publisher is named after the magazine it founded in 1994, The Third Alternative, which was renowned for its slipstream/horror fiction. The Third Alternative is now known as Black Static. We also publish Interzone, Britain’s longest running science fiction and fantasy magazine, plus a series of novellas showcasing longer works by some of TTA’s best known and most admired contributors and the anthology series Crimewave.

Cōnfingō is an independent publishing house based in Manchester, UK. They create beautiful editions of new fiction, poetry and art in all forms.

Flapjack Press publishes poetry, poetry-theatre, plays and art collections for adults and children, and coordinates Word Central in association with Manchester Libraries. Exploring the synergy between performance and the page.

Hidden Voice Publishing is an independent publishing resource center that supports & represents authors from under-represented groups with publishing paper back and Amazon Kindle books.

Penteract Press is a publisher of formal poetry. Their focus is on exploring the structural properties of poetry — in particular, the relationship between content and form. To this end, they aim to promote innovative constrained and visual poetry, as well as works that explore new uses of traditional verse forms.

The library cafe will be open – you can bring drinks into the fair if you like!

Covid plans;

We will make the visit fun and safe!

If you would like to, track and trace and sanitiser will be available.

They will point you to the event space on the left hand side. Track and trace is optional.

Fly on the Wall Press will welcome you to the fair and our 13 publishers! Please do bring evidence of your ticketed slot via Eventbrite if you can – phone is fine! 🙂

Bring a card if you can to purchase any books you may like!

Wear a mask if you are able to, but this now not a legal requirement.