Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Founded in 1974, the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association, or PBFA, is a larg association of second-hand booksellers. The association organises over 70 fairs of second-hand, collectable and rare books in the UK each year.

These fairs include various ‘premier’ fairs such as the York Book Fair, London Book Fair and Oxford Book Fair.


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A change for online fairs and a host of events as the PBFA marks five decades

04 January 2024

The PBFA has announced plans for its 50th anniversary year.

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Spa town’s book fairs boom again

02 January 2024

Revived event in Tunbridge Wells is full with a waiting list, reflecting the strong national trend

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‘Long live York’ is the books cry

09 October 2023

Increased private buying plus overseas trade purchases boost the huge annual extravaganza of the York National Book Fair.

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PBFA marks 50th with launch of Bath showpiece

11 September 2023

The PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in style next year with two new fairs: in Bath and Tunbridge Wells.

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New PBFA fairs launched and rise in membership create positive vibes in books sector

09 September 2023

The membership figures for the PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) are looking robust with 25 new members in the past 12 months, bringing the total to around 400.

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Books fair report: Take the natural approach in Preston

07 August 2023

A setting with lots of water next to valuable books may not seem an obvious fit but it was a successful match

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Book dealers hope for Hay big spenders at new fair

10 July 2023

A look ahead to the new PBFA fair in a renowned town for book-lovers.

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PBFA returns to north west with Preston fair

19 June 2023

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) has launched a new two-day premier book fair to take place in Preston this summer.

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PBFA has lots to shout about ahead of Oxford event

03 April 2023

Tom Lintern-Mole, co-organiser with John Martin of PBFA’s book fair at Oxford Brookes University on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, said he is looking forward to 75 dealers standing.

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Children's alphabet book stars at Edinburgh book fair

13 March 2023

An unrecorded and apparent first Scottish edition example of the 18th century children’s book Tom Thumb’s Play-book is set to feature at the Edinburgh Book Fair.

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Dealers prepare for next PBFA online book fair

20 June 2022

The next PBFA online book fair goes live on June 29 with a wide range of dealers exhibiting.

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PBFA looks for new London fair manager

25 April 2022

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) is searching for a new fair manager for its London Antiquarian Book Fair.

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Bibliophiles spoilt for choice with one live and two online book fairs on the way

29 November 2021

Buying online took off in the trade last year with one notable example being The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) which launched its monthly online back-to-back book fairs in April.

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Book fair returns as some turn from New York to old

30 August 2021

According to the Booksellers Association, more than 60 bookshops opened in the UK and Ireland over the past 18 months, reflecting the rediscovery by many people of the pleasure of books during the pandemic despite the increase in online shopping.

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Book fair makes a Brighton booking

09 August 2021

An update from Jeremy Carson, organiser of PBFA’s Brighton Book Fair which will run at Brighton Racecourse (assuming it is not being used as a vaccination centre then…) on Saturday, October 30 – the first in Brighton for more than 20 years.

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A fair to make Brighton rock

10 May 2021

Organiser tells ATG why the south-coast city is a great place for a new PBFA event

PBFA online fair to go monthly

25 May 2020

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) is planning an unlimited succession of virtual fairs starting on the 29th of each month as it adapts to a world without traditional fairs.

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Dealers report sales at PBFA's inaugural online fair

11 May 2020

A 1902 calendar from Hasegawa, Tokyo, filled with colourful illustrations and verse was among the sales at the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association’s (PBFA) first virtual fair.

Coronavirus: PBFA launches inaugural virtual book fair

23 April 2020

Browsing at a fair can mean the serendipitous discovery of a treasure for the collection. To help recapture a bit of this magic online, The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PFBA) launches its first virtual book fair next week.

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Four London book fairs will go into one week in June

21 May 2019

For the first time this year, the four fairs that make London a destination for bibliophiles in June will be held side-by-side across the space of just four days. ATG looks at the personality of each event.

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