Authors will gather at the weekend for the Oxford Indie Book Fair.

Every year, the fair acts as a platform for independent authors, artists and illustrators to sell and showcase their work, build their readership, and interact with booklovers in Oxfordshire.

More than 70 exhibitors will gather at the Oxford Examination Schools in High Street on Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm.

The event is free to the public.

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Kennington-based author Sylvia Vetta, one of the organisers, said: "Every year, enthusiasm and participation has increased, which is why the organisers moved the fair this year to a new larger venue, doubling the number of exhibitors."

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Vice chancellor of Oxford University Prof Irene Tracey will open the book fair.

She herself was born in Oxford.

The fair will also be the location of a series of book launches, including Ms Vetta's new book Current of Death - the first whodunit set in Kennington - and historian Neil Datson's book The British Air Power Delusion (1906-1941) – that tells the story of the formative years of British air power.

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Other speakers include Dr Miriam J Johnson, senior lecturer in Publishing and coordinator for the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes, and Dr Nancy Mudenyo Hunt on Diversity. 

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The fair wraps up with a Poetry Slam, organised by Dr Niall Munroe, director of the Poetry Centre at Oxford Brookes University, with an open mic session for poets.

The full programme can be found on the oxib website at 

Exhibitors include familiar faces from previous fairs, plus 35 newcomers.

 There’s fantasy, humour, fiction and non-fiction, and a sci fi café.

Oxford Mail: Prof Irene TraceySome other highlights include:

· Sino Books, which publishes translated Chinese literature and contemporary fiction.

· Pamela Roberts whose book ‘Oxford: The Untold Stories of Oxford University’s Black Scholars’ has raised the profile of many black scholars from the turn of the 20th century.

· Chris Howgill's intriguing, ‘How Tennis invented Everything’, which contains such tantalising titbits as the first 007 was a Tudor spy for Elizabeth I who used tennis to weed out Catholics.

· Steve Sheppard's spoof spy thrillers ‘A Very Important Teapot‘ and ‘Bored to Death in the Baltics’, which are according to Steve, available for anybody who enjoys reading, and enjoys laughing.

The founders of oxib, publishers Andy Severn (Oxford eBooks) and James Harrison (Oxfordfolio), and authors Ray Foulk and Sylvia Vetta have been joined by Felicity Dick, deputy lieutenant for Abingdon and a member of the Vale of White Horse deputy lieutenant group, and charity consultant Shona Nicholson.

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