Events

Dostoyevsky Wannabe Indie Book Fairs - Manchester


The next Manchester Indie Book Fair organised by Dostoyevsky Wannabe is at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on 28th September 2019.

An unknown man at the last Dostoyevsky Wannabe Manchester Indie Book Fair looks up at an unknown photographer at the Anthony Burgess Foundation, Feb 2019.

Manchester Indie Book Fair 3 - September 2019

Following on from a successful outing back in Feb, September brings another Manchester Indie Book Fair (arranged by Dostoyevsky Wannabe in association with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation) featuring a range of indie presses and zines from Manchester and beyond. Already confirmed are: Comma, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Carcanet, Confingo, Nightjar, Saraband, Knives, Forks and Spoons, Dodo Ink, Death of Workers Building Skyscrapers (all Manchester), Gordian Projects, And Other Stories, Longbarrow (Sheffield), Blue Moose (Hebden Bridge), Gold Flake Paint and Spam Zine (Glasgow), a few more presses to be added in the run up to the event.

Book browsing music this time comes from Dostoyevsky Wannabe’s Invisible DJs with assistance from Spam Zine playing invisible music, not to mention the very real and very visible Ailsa McLaggan of the Living Room Dance Club playing vinyl.

Happy booksellers (it is possible) from Comma Press and Bluemoose at the second Manchester Indie Book Fair Feb 2019 (and this is before they sold all of their books)

A Short History of DW Indie Book Fairs

As always, Dostoyevsky Wannabe’s indie book fairs are a relaxed affair (no readings to stay quiet for, no spoons tapping against wine glasses) so come down and browse (and hopefully buy) some books, grab a coffee or a beer, chat to the presses, stick around, buy some more books, chat to each other, have another drink, make an afternoon of it.

The flyer for the first Dostoyevsky Wannabe Indie Book Fair at Plant Noma, Manchester (July 2018). Design by Dostoyevsky Wannabe

That was the kind of template that we went for at the first Dostoyevsky Wannabe Indie Book Fair in Manchester at Plant NOMA which featured just seven or eight presses based locally in Manchester.

The second fair at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation was considerably larger featuring 18 presses from all around the north of England. The first two fairs were put together for free by Dostoyevsky Wannabe and proved popular with presses reporting good sales. As we move to a bigger scale though we can no longer undertake the organisation of the fairs at no cost for a table but, at the same time, as a small press ourselves, we realise that paying too much for an expensive table at a book fair can be risky so we worked with our partner to come up with an affordable price per table.

The poster for the 2nd Dostoyevsky Wannabe Indie Book Fair featuring the first appearance of the Dostoyevsky Wannabe Invisible DJs who provided six hours of book-browsing music for that particular event.

Promoting the Event

In the run up to the event, we hope that all presses who have a stall will help to promote the event as the more tweets and social-media posts posted out into the world, the more people will hopefully get along to the event to browse and to buy the books on offer on that day.

In the meantime, check social-media for more details as and when we get them.