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Book Extravaganza at The Belgrade

The Belgrade Theatre. Photo courtesy of the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Coventry Book Extravaganza, Saturday 6 April from 10.30am – 4pm, at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Admission is FREE.

The magic of words in print takes centre stage at The Belgrade Theatre on Saturday 6 April with the Book Extravaganza. Brought to you by local vintage events company Rosie’s Retro Bazaar and independent publishing house, Fantom – they are thrilled to announce their first Coventry event of the year, showcasing the city’s vibrant cultural scene.

You are invited to Immerse yourself in the universe of books! There will be a wide, diverse range of stalls including:

  • Independent Publishers & Bookshops: Discover unique publications and support local literary ventures.

  • Fresh Talent and Local Authors: Meet up-and-coming writers and explore their latest works.

  • Comic Creators & Illustrators: Delve into the world of graphic storytelling and visual artistry.

  • Literary Societies & Publishing Services: Connect with organisations shaping the literary landscape.

  • Second-Hand & Antiquarian Book Dealers: Hunt for rare finds and literary treasures.

  • Book Crafts: Anything from bookmarks to bookends and book inspired tote bags to repurposed old books. Artistic license to free your imagination!

  • Prints & Paper Ephemera: Vintage printed materials such as posters and maps.

  • Stationery & Accessories: Browse through a selection of writing essentials and literary-themed accessories.

Book Extravaganza organiser, Dexter O'Neill. Photo courtesy of Dexter O'Neil.

This fabulous gathering of all things book related is all down to the energy and hard work of Dexter O’Neill – the man behind Fantom Publishing and Rosie’s Retro Bazaar. Dexter recently chatted to Coventry writer Margaret Egrot about the Book Extravaganza, saying: “It is an event like no other, we are bringing together a variety of independent and small businesses which have a connection to books and the art of storytelling.

“Across two floors of the Belgrade Theatre, we have a collection of authors with a plethora of styles and subject matters – from local interest to children’s fiction and true crime to science fiction! We have themed stalls from audio books to LGBTQI+ as well as antiquarian and second handbooks.

“Joining this, will be a host of stalls inspired by the history of books, associated crafts, and tools. For example, cards made from ladybird artwork and beyond. Journals, stationery, pens, and bookmarks! If you are an aspiring writer, and looking at routes to market, we have printers and author services to give you more inspiration and ideas. We have Illustrators and comic creators.

“There are also talks and performance work including Coventry’s Young Poet Laureate Aamani Kanda who will be reciting some of her poetry – you will be able to find out more on our website.”

So, whether you’re seeking hidden gems, eager to support local talent, or simply looking to indulge your inner bookworm, the Coventry Book Extravaganza promises something special for every book lover.

Don’t miss out on this captivating literary event—it’s a celebration of words, creativity, and community!

Whilst this event is free to attend, you can pre-register your interest via Rosie’s Retro Bazaar:  to be in with a chance of winning a book bundle worth over £75!

Read the full interview on Margaret Egrot’s Blog:



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