A trip to Cheltenham

I went down to visit Mark Skipper at Cheltenham Rare Books this week.a_cheltenham_rare_books1

He has long been on the book fair circuit selling a variety of Modern First Editions and signed books. Recently he has opened a shop in the heart of Cheltenham.

Mark is still awaiting planning permission for his permanent sign – so the railings have to do for now. Inside though, everything is looking very pretty, with lots of collectable modern literature to peruse.

Mr Skipper refused to be videoed himself, as he hadn’t shaved on the day I visited (it is true- he did look like the scruffy Skipper we know and love) but he allowed me to do a quick 360 degrees tour of the shop.

He also brought me a very nice lunch around the corner – so i shall forgive his shyness.

Cheltenham Rare books is next door to Peter Lyons bookshop – so there are at least two reasons to visit Cheltenham now! It is also situated opposite the Town Hall – so we shall be expecting a new PBFA fair here in the near future!

Enjoying some Tiffin at Durham

Next weekend sees the PBFA book-fair at Durham. Allegedly a fine little fair. (I’ve never actually made it – it is a long way from the south coast). Now run by Jeremiah Vokes (who specializes in detective fiction and Sherlock Holmes material), the free ticket imagefair is being held at the Durham School, Quarryheads Lane, Durham City, DH1 4SZ. Saturday 13th Feb from 10am-4pm. Many of the northern dealers will be there, so it is well worth a visit. If you would like a free ticket to the fair, click on the book here to go to the correct page of the pbfa website.

However, I cannot let mention of Durham pass without mentioning the Tiffins.  Tony and Gill Tiffin managed the Durham fair for many years, and always make me feel very welcome when I venture to the north. I caught up with them at the York fair this January, and bribed them into being interviewed. I have to give special thanks to Neil Summersgill, who was behind me whilst i was filming, and kept Gill in fits of giggles!