Sunday, 7 August 2016

Tenby Book Fair 
24th September 2016 - Why not mark it in your diaries now? Apart from the town being an absolutely stunning place to visit, the fair holds an important place in the calendar for readers and writers alike. It is held in the centre of Tenby in St Mary's Church House. My first visit was last year and found it was a wonderful opportunity to meet the authors and browse their books. There was a real buzz about the whole day.

This year looks as if it's going to be even better and bigger and I've been following the Tenby Book Fair Facebook Page with interest. It will be a showcase of Welsh talent of authors from a wide range of genres - children's, romance, science fiction, crime, historical, thrillers, sagas, magical, poetry, short-stories, biographies and non-fiction. Phew! It's a very impressive line-up and you may read more about the authors HERE.  For more in-depth interviews with writer friend, Judith Barrow, you may find them here on her excellent BLOG.

As well as authors, Welsh publishers will be present and offering talks about their work and advice about submissions. 
Here is the list of talks that will be going on throughout the day:

Some talks, readings, Q&A sessions will be held in an adjoining room at the fair. Numbers will be limited, so it is advisable to reserve a place in advance. There is no charge.
  1. 11:00    Cambria Publishing Co-operative will be giving a talk and taking questions about the services and assistance they offer to independent authors.
  2. 11:30    Poet Kathy Miles will be giving a reading of some of her work.
  3. 12:00    Firefly Press will be talking about publishing children’s books and what they look for in submissions.
  4. 12:30    Prizes for the short story competitions will be presented in the main hall – no booking necessary.
  5. 1:30      Colin Parsonschildren’s writer, talks about his popular work
  6. 2:00      Honno Welsh Women’s Press will be talking about their work, publishing contemporary novelists, anthologies and classics, and discussing what they look for in submissions.
  7. 2:30      Matt Johnson, thriller writer and ex-policeman, talks about his work and experiences.
  8. 2:55      Main hall (no booking required): raffle prizes.
There are also three writing COMPETITIONS this year:
  1. Children - For entrants aged 7 - 12, an essay (one page) entitled: "My Favourite Character".

  2. Young Adult Flash Fiction - For entrants aged 12 - 18, a 100 word "Creepy Tale".

  3. Adult Short Story - For entrants 18 and over: a short story, "The Bag Lady."

The closing date is Saturday 13th August so you haven't got long! Good luck. 

An event such as this would not be possible without a lot of hard work and effort. I thought you may like to see the three organisers who are responsible for getting the show on the road:
Alex Martin           Judith Barrow      Thorne Moore
They are all very successful writers and you can find more about their books on their websites: AlexJudith, Thorne

If you can visit Tenby on the 24th September, I know you won't be disappointed. Hope to see you there! :-)

What literary event have you attended and would recommend? I'd love to hear from you. :-)

Thank you for reading. You may also follow me on Twitter @JanBayLit and on my Jan Baynham Writer Facebook page.


  1. This sounds wonderful, Jan. Thanks for including so much detail. You could get a job as the publicity officer! As for other literary events - I am going to Hay next year with two friends. I haven't been before, but I remember your blog about it. Might you go next year?

    1. Thank you, Sue. As you know I loved hay last year and can definitely recommend it. It would be good to meet up again as I hope to go there again next year. Thank you for popping by to leave a comment. :-)

    2. Thank you, Suzanne. The Book fair is so much fun. Jan is brilliant at spreading the word for us.jx

  2. Jan, thank you so much for all this, it's so appreciated. Next year you'll be here with your book? Jx

    1. It's a pleasure, Judith. I'm really looking forward to the day! I can only dream about being there next year. 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    1. Thanks, Thorne. 🙂 Looking forward to having you as a guest on the blog next week.