A NEW independent book fair is set to take place in Oxford as the city’s annual literary festival finishes.

This year’s Oxford Literary Festival runs March 27–April 5 but now city bibliophiles are plotting to stage an event to promote local ‘independent’ authors.

Andy Severn of Oxford Ebooks, James Harrison of Oxfordfolio and well-known local authors including Sylvia Vetta and Ray Foulk came up with the idea for a free Oxford Indie Book Fair.

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It will run from 10.30am to 5pm at Wesley Memorial Hall in New Inn Hall Street on Saturday, April 4.

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Ms Vetta said: “The event itself is not only about selling books although there will be 40 exhibitors. It will include performance art, performance poetry, a children’s workshop by the ever popular Korky Paul as well as a fascinating diversity of talks.

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!After his talk local historian Mark Davies will lead an hour-long walk entitled ‘Daniel ‘Damnable’ Harris’ which connects the venue Wesley Memorial Church with Oxford’s Canal, and its castle.”

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Joanna Harrison, the director of Going on a Bear Hunt and the scriptwriter for the latest Channel 4 Christmas film The Tiger who Came to Tea, will give a presentation on animation.

Organiser say the aim is to have something for everyone of all ages and backgrounds.

There will be free stands for two writers under 30.

A full programme will be published in March.

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In the meantime more details are available on the website oxfordindiebookfair.co.uk