Exeter City of Literature’s fourth annual Book Market returns on Sunday 9th June, 11am to 4pm. In front of Exeter Cathedral, 11 independent bookshops from across Devon and many free literary-themed activities will give residents and visitors a day packed full of bookish fun.

This year, for the first time, Exeter City of Literature is bringing together established authors with a connection to Devon to The Book Market for free talks, readings, and book signings. The Author Tent covers a range of genres and features bestselling authors such as sci-fi writer and University of Exeter graduate Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, Torbay resident Sarah Pearse whose debut book was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick, and bookseller turned historical fantasy author Lucy Holland.

Josie Long, an award-winning comedian, is making a special appearance reading from her debut short story collection before signing copies of her book. Cartoonist Shri Gunasekara, publishing lecturer D-M Withers, and poets Abdulla Moaswes and Aaliyah Kara will also be participating in The Author Tent throughout the day.

For those who want a bit more Zen with their book-buying, local publisher David & Charles are sponsoring a Wellness Corner featuring meditation and knitting workshops, drop-in bibliotherapy sessions, and a quiet place to read.

2024 marks Exeter’s fifth year as a UNESCO-designated City of Literature. The charity is celebrating with its biggest Book Market ever, their City Reads campaign to find Exeter’s favourite book (with a special voting book at The Book Market), and a number of smaller initiatives throughout the year.

Visit Exeter City of Literature to read more about The Book Market.


Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral roof top tour

Medieval cathedral. Fine example of Gothic Decorated style. Longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. Image screen on West Front, Minstrels' Gallery and tombs. Expert guided tours, trails and activities for the family

External shot of Bookbag

Bookbag is Exeter's new(ish) independent bookshop. They stock a select range of local/global fiction and non-fiction, art, nature, zines, and children's books. Book ordering, subscription service, and a range of events including open-mic poetry.

Devon & Exeter Institution
Arts & Heritage
The Library of Devon & Exeter Institution

The Institution occupies historic premises at the heart of Exeter in the Cathedral Close. Adapted from what was once a house belonging to the Courtenay family, the library of the Institution is housed in two elegant Georgian rooms which provide space for research and reading, educational activities, cultural events and lectures.



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