The success of the recent Jericho Book Fair has prompted a second event - the Jericho Art Fair.

Hundreds of people attended the book fair in Mount Place at the end of last month.

Now its main organiser John Mair hopes to repeat that success with a free admission art fair on Saturday, July 24 between 12-4pm.

As the book fair was outside in Mount Place, when the organising committee saw the weather forecast they feared the worst, a wash out.

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But despite the grey skies approximately 300 people came and the mood was sunny.

Mr Mair, said: "I was deflated, then delighted.

"The fair provided an outlet for the pent-up need of local people to get out and talk. It showed what can be achieved when a community’s restored public space is well used.”

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To the sounds of four bands organised by Gareth Ridley-DeMonick and the scent of wild flowers, Ray Foulk and Gary Browning enjoyed talking Bob Dylan.

On July 24, there will also be music all afternoon this time provided by Towpath Productions from their narrow boat moored on site.

Oxford Indie Book Fair committee member Sylvia Vetta will also have a stand at the art fair.

Her first novel, Brushstrokes in Time, included the true story of the Stars –a group of rebellious Chinese artists in 1979.

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Her second novel Sculpting the Elephant is set in half set in Jericho and she says.

“My protagonist Harry King's art and design shop, Decorators, is opposite the Jericho Tavern where Radiohead launched on the world.

"Much as I love the dreaming spires, there are culturally rich parts of Oxford that should be better known. Jericho is a great location.

"I received requests from some visitors to give them a Sculpting the Elephant tour of St Thomas’s and Jericho.

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"If any Oxford Mail readers are interested, I’ll offer a few free tours.

"I’ll be at the art fair because I enjoyed the friendliness and warm atmosphere of the book fair.

“I’ll be bringing copies of Weimin He’s Tower of the Winds.”

Weimin He was artist in residence at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter when it was being redeveloped.

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Tower of the Winds is a record of his work during that time. Sixty hoardings of his paintings were on display during the building of the Blavatnic School of Government.

The artist will be at the art fair between 1pm and 2pm to sign copies.

Mr Mair added: "Mount Place is a lovely new public space looking out over the Oxford canal. It is there for Jericho and all of Oxford to use.

"The book fair was a cracking start; the art fair is chapter two. Do come along look, appreciate and buy."