This Saturday, October 8th, sees the States of Independence (West) book fair, celebrating independent publishing, at Eastside Projects (Gallery), 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AR.
It's been born out of the success of the original States of Independence fairs, which take place at Leicester's De Montfort University each March, and runs from 10am to 4pm, with admission free.
You can browse the latest in independent publications, meet publishers, writers and other readers. There will be a programme of events and readings throughout the day, including panel discussions and a wide range of readings, as well as a quiet area to relax with a coffee and your just-bought book.
Publishers who will be present include:
Shoestring Press, Bloodaxe Books, Leafe Press, Cinnamon Press, Penned in the Margins, Five Leaves Publications, Templar, Nine Arches Press, Flarestack Poets, Sidekick Books, Tindal Street Press, Offa’s Press, Ikon, Longbarrow, Flipped Eye, Candlestick Press, HappenStance, Shearsman, Queer Ink, Linux Publishing and more...
11am - Charlie Hill
11.20am - Michael W Thomas
11.40am - Gail Ashton (Cinnamon)
12.00 noon - Simon Thirsk (Bloodaxe)
12.20pm - Tom Chivers (Penned in the Margins)
12.40pm - Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone (Sidekick Books)
1pm - Robin Vaughan-Williams (Happenstance)
1.20 - pm Nick Pearson (Offa’s Press)
1.40 - pm Geraldine Monk (Leafe Press)
2pm - James Caruth (Longbarrow Press)
2.40pm - Jane Weir (Templar)
3pm - Martin De Mello (Flipped-Eye)
Think Space: Short Seminars
10.30am – Life Writing? Creative Writing? Jan Fortune-Wood discusses 'Stale Bread & Miracles'.
11am – Brian Gambles talks about how the new Library of Birmingham, opening in 2013, will engage with the region’s writers.
12pm – Poetry & Dementia: Jacqui Rowe and David Calcutt introduce us to an innovative project.
1pm – Show Me The Money: Jane Commane, Paul McDonald and Roz Goddard talk frankly about making a living out of writing.
2pm - Best Of The West: West Midlands writers read from new work - Caleb Klaces (Flarestack Poets), Joel Lane (Nine Arches Press), Gaynor Arnold (Tindal Street Press) and Dave Reeves (Offa’s Press).
3pm - The Future of Independent Publishing: Bloodaxe editor Simon Thirsk, Linus Press editor Kate Cooper and writer David Belbin discuss.
States of Independence (West) has been produced by the West Midlands Independent Publishers Network, and has been managed by Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press. The Network includes Nine Arches Press, Flarestack Poets, Cinnamon Press, Offa’s Press, Five Seasons Press, Rubery Press and Tindal Street Press. States of Independence was first created in the East Midlands by Five Leaves Press, who have supported the Network in bringing this event to the West Midlands.
You can follow the twitter hashtag #SoIWestBookFair for any further updates or details.