Once again, in conjunction with the Fine Press Book Association, the PBFA is organising the longest standing fine press fair in the world: the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair in Oxford, UK. The Fair will be held on 2nd and 3rd November, 2013. .

Admission is by catalogue at the door on the day. Valid both days, it includes admission to all of the lectures on the second day. Admission price, including catalogue and lectures, is 5 per person. Refreshments will be available.

The exhibitors are expected to include private presses from the UK, the Americas, Russia, Asia, and continental Europe, as well as dealers in fine press books, suppliers of fine printing materials, and related societies. A full list of exhibitors can be found here.

Judges' Choice Awards
Three judges will be given carte blanche to select four or five books from those on display and published since the last fair that they think are especially worthy of attention according to the criteria that they choose, perhaps including innovation, value for money, use of unusual materials or format, originality, work of promise from a new press, printing excellence, quality of illustration, unusual subject, etc. An announcement of the chosen books will be made on the Sunday afternoon and the presses will receive certificates printed at Whittington Press. 

Oxford Guild of Printers Private Press Book Award
This new award will be for a letterpress-printed book costing 50 or less published since the last fair. The judges may care to consider aspects of design & typography, quality of printing, originality and interest of content but really whatever they think is a good private press book. The prize will be a cheque for 100. Arrangements for submission will be published closer to the day.

The Parrot Prize
Once again the [Various] Parrot Press will be awarding the Parrot Prize of 500 for an illustrated book on display at the Fair. This year's judges will be writer & artist Alan Powers and Royal Academy Director of Collections Nick Savage.

Lecture programme
There will be the ever-popular programme of four lectures on the Sunday. This year we have something for everyone: Richard Healy 'The founding of the Bremer Press', Dennis Hall 'The Illustrated Editions of Alice', Gaylord Schanilec ' Lac Des Pleurs: A Bookish Odyssey on the Upper Mississippi River', and John Randle 'Vance Gerry'.

Toby English, Fair Manager 10 St Mary's Street Wallingford OX10 0EL, UK tel/fax +44 (0)1491 836 389 chris@tobyenglish.com


Opening times
The Fair will be open 11am to 6pm on Saturday 2nd November, and 10am to 5pm on Sunday 3rd November.

The fair will be held at Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP, UK. Click here for a simple map of the immediate locality. Click here for a map showing its position relative to Oxford centre.

Car parking is available a few minutes' walk from the Fair, at Headington Hill Hall: at the north end of Gipsy Lane, turn left at the traffic lights (towards Oxford centre on the Headington Road), and take the second right into Headington Hill Hall.

The exhibition is also conveniently reached from Thornhill Park & Ride, to the east of Oxford, at the intersection of the A420 and eastern Bypass. Take the 300 bus towards Oxford town centre and alight at the bus stop on Headington Road at the top of Gipsy Lane (10 minutes). The venue is two minutes' walk from the bus stop, down Gipsy Lane on the right hand side.

For buses (in particular from the railway and bus stations), check Oxford Bus and Stagecoach.

By train, Oxford is served by Thames Express, First Great Western, Wales & West, Virgin Trains, and Central Trains.

By coach, The Oxford Espress and The Oxford Tube leaves London from several points and stops at Gipsy Lane.