Flann O’Brien classic book to be sold in Belfast

Book fair
Book fair

The Belfast Book Fair is set to take place on Saturday, with a rare edition of an Ulster writer’s classic work on sale.

The first edition copy of ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ by Strabane-born author Flann O’Brien (whose true name was Brian O’Nolan) will be sold at the Wellington Park Hotel in south Belfast.

First published in 1939, it did not sell well at first.

The publisher’s London premises were ruined during a Nazi air raid, with many unsold copies incinerated as a result.

The organisers of Saturday’s event said: “Copies like this one complete with its original dust wrapper rarely come on the market.”

Other items on sale include Walker’s ‘A True Account of the Siege of London-Derry’ from 1689, as well as other fact and fiction books, and film memorabilia.

The fair runs from 10am to 5pm.

Organiser James Vallely said he expects roughly between 300 and 500 attendees. Entry to the fair is £2.

He describes it as “a fair for everyone , from the serious collector to the occasional reader”.

It is the 33rd year that the annual fair has taken place.