The Book Fair, the inspired brain-child of author Judith Barrow in 2013, began life in St Mary's Church House, in Tenby as the first event of the Tenby Arts Festival. It has grown, year by year, ever more successful, with more and more authors eager to participate, so that now we need bigger premises and longer hours and we have found the ideal home in the Queen's Hall in Narberth, with ample room for book stalls, talks and workshops.




This year, we are holding a
 Poetry Competition.

Submit a poem, in any form, of 20 lines or less, on the subject of
Books and Reading.

Entries can be posted to: J Barrow, Saddleworth House, Carmarthen Road, Kilgetty, SA68 0XX
 or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The closing date is Monday 14th August, 2017.
Certificates will be awarded for the winner and two runners up. The first prize winner will also receive a bottle of sparkling wine, the second a bottle of red wine and the third a box of chocolates, and all three entries will be published on this website.

For children

We are inviting children (14 and under) to draw or paint their favourite character from a book. Bring your entry (with your name on it) to the fair on 23rd September, or just come along to the fair and draw a picture there. Table and crayons will be available.
All entries will be displayed at the fair. Books and other prizes will be given for the best entries.

Family Book Trail

On the day of the fair (September 23rd), there will be a book trail in Narberth High Street. Pick up a sheet at the fair and find the answers in the shop windows. Return your sheet to the Queen's Hall and all correct entries will receive a bookmark, plus an entry to a prize draw for 3 great prizes:


We will be holding a raffle this year on behalf of the Harriet Davies Trust. Winners will receive a free book of their choice from those on sale at the fair.


The 2016 Fair held three competitions.

Short Story.

Adults over 18 were invited to write a short story with the title "The Bag Lady."
The winners were:
To read the winning entries, click on the authors' names.

Flash Fiction

Young adults, 12-18, were invited to submit a "Creepy Tale" of 100 words or less.
The winners were:
    • first prize - Gracie Ardolino
    • second prize - Catrin Lawrence
    • third prize - Zack Spencer

Children's competition.

Children were invited to write a one-page essay on "My favourite character."
    • Leo Robertson
    • Olivia Robertson
    • Libby James
    • William Russell
    • Darcy Conbeer
    • Zihan Lin

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