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Publish And Be Damned is an annual independent publishing fair in London, United Kingdom. Its name comes from the retort of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington on being blackmailed by John Joseph Stockdale and Harriette Wilson.[1]



Publish And Be Damned was first held in 2004 and created by Emily Pethick and Kit Hammonds. This project is now run by Sarah McCrory and Joe Scotland.

The Event

The selected publications are allocated tables where they can display their work and sell from. The number of publications varies each year. The event itself has expanded in size and attendance since 2004.


The types of publication featured each year include everything from zines and self-published books to newsprint titles and glossy magazines, all of which are independently published. Some titles are free while most are sold.

Eligibility is decided by a panel made up of the founders and invited guests curators.

An open call for submissions is announced in early spring each year, with details on how to submit publications are found on their homepage.

Publications which have previously take part in the fair include Harry Pye's The Rebel magazine,Plan B, Fever Zine, BUTT, Useless and Le Gun.

Public Library

The Publish And Be Damned Public Library is a travelling archive of past submissions to the fair. Each year sees new submissions added.

The collection has so far travelled to, or been featured in exhibitions in:

  • Germany (Munich)
  • United Kingdom (Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Cambridge, Norwich, Bristol)
  • The Netherlands (Utrecht)
  • United States (Los Angeles, New York)
  • Czech Republic (Prague)
  • Switzerland (Winterthur)
  • Slovakia (Bratislava)


Publish And Be Damned is funded by grants from various Arts organisations. Since 2004 the event has received support from The Elephant Trust, Arts Council, England, A Foundation, Studio Voltaire, The Goethe Institute, The Polish Cultural Forum, Pro Helvetia and the Mondrian Foundation.

The Public Library has received funding from amongst others the Cubitt Gallery, Tranzit, The Elephant Trust, Arts Council England & The British Council.


  • 2004's event took place in The Crypt of St James' Church in the Clerkenwell area of London on Sunday 4th of July. More than 30 titles from the U.K. and Europe took part.
  • 2005's event took place on Sunday 31st of July at the same venue as the previous year.
  • 2006 saw a change of venue with the event moving to the Rochelle School in the Shoreditch area of East London.
  • 2008 will see Publish And Be Damned return once more to the Rochelle School in Shoreditch, East London on 3 August 2008.


  1. ^ Longford, E. (1970). Wellington – The Years of the Sword. Weidenfeld & Nicholson. pp. p.209. ISBN 0297179179.  

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