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Book and art markets

Writers, publishers and artists will gather at St Ann's Square this weekend to peddle their wares

Published on July 13th 2009.

Book and art markets

In a city centre dominated by big name stores, Manchester Markets do a fine job of making room for the little people. Their Real Food Market makes sure farmers and producers get a chance to sell their goods direct to customers, and the Fashion Market gives local seamstresses and designers an opportunity to cash in on the crowds. Next weekend, it's the turn of the independent publishers and lesser-known artists of the region with the Book Market and Art Market in St Ann's Square.

From Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July, publishers and artists alike will set up camp in the square, with a café and programme of readings to add to the bohemian atmosphere.

"If you love books and like discovering quirky new publications, you ought to check it out. It's also a chance to find out what's going on in Manchester's literary scene."

The Book Market will feature stalls from over 20 independent publishers covering a range of genres and interests. There'll be sci-fi, comics, poetry, novels, short fiction, fantasy, and magazines to browse through – all from small publishing houses who are passionate about what they do.

If you love books and like discovering quirky new publications, you ought to check it out. It's also a chance to find out what's going on in Manchester's literary scene – many of the city's best independent publishers will be there including Crocus Books, Comma Press and Transmission. And there'll be a back-to-back programme of readings from local writers and spoken word artists. Confidential favourite Joe Stretch, fresh from his short-lived transformation into a Ladyboy (click here) will be reading, along with lots of up-and-coming authors. The readings take place in an open-air café where you can buy coffee and a bite to eat.

Nudging up to the Book Market, there'll be an Art Market selling all manner of beautiful items, all brought there by the artists themselves. It's a chance to find something unique and to chat to the person who actually created it. Much more satisfying than buying a mass-produced print or ornament from a chain store, we think.

The artwork available will include paintings, prints, photography, and glass art. All of the artists are from the North West and for some of them, it will be the first time their work has been on sale in Manchester.

So if you like shopping that has a bit more soul, make sure you stop in at St Ann's Square from this Friday. The Book Market and Art Market will be open from 10am – 5.30pm, Friday 17 July until Sunday 19 July.

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