Unfortunately Brighton Unitarian Church has made the very sad decision to cancel all services, concerts, and gatherings due to Coronavirus untill further notice. This means that the Brighton & Hove Book Fayre will not return to the Brighton Unitarian Church on Saturday 25th April.
After a long discussion, early September, we have decided to postpone the Christmas Book Fayre until 2021. The good thing is: we’re coming back!
Our most recent book fair on Saturday 23rd November 2019 at the Brighton Unitarian Church saw the highest foot-fall ever, and we would like to thank all authors and visitors for being a part and making the event such a big success. We’re looking forward to be back at the same venue next year.
The Brighton & Hove Book Fayre was founded in 2017 by local authors Richard Gough-Buijs, P.J. Blakey-Novis and P.J.’s wife Leanne, who manages Red Cape Graphic Design.
Saturday May 12th 2018 saw the very first Brighton & Hove Book Fayre at All Saints in Hove; a new event dedicated to books and authors. It was the first Community Literary Festival in Brighton & Hove and there was a wide range of books available to suit all tastes.
The second event, branded the Brighton & Hove Christmas Book Fayre, took place at The Open Market in Brighton on Saturday November 24th 2018, a vibrant venue with lots of local traders. It was a great opportunity to meet local published and self-published authors who were selling and signing copies of their books on the day. Supernatural, lgbt, horror, history, horror, fiction, children’s books etc. The event was attended by nearly 30 authors taking over the entire market square, connecting authors and readers. It was a ‘feel-good’ event.
The third event, the Brighton & Hove Summer Book Fayre, took place at the Brighton Unitarian Church. It was a fun day, and everyone was in great spirit. Some authors even ventured outside with their tables and books to attract readers, braving the sea breezes. It worked very well for both authors in- and outside, and we’ve been attracting people until closing time. We’ll be back at the Brighton Unitarian Church in November with the Brighton & Hove Christmas Book Fayre and we’re looking forward to seeing you then!
All photography by: Richard Gough-Buijs