A print fair dedicated to the art of letterpress printmaking is returning to Shipley for its third consecutive year.

The Shipley Wayzgoose is the only print fair of its kind in the North with 30 tables showcasing work made by printers, paper marblers and bookbinders from across the UK.

Letterpress printing dates back hundreds of years but generations new and old have been saving the printing presses from landfill.

All books and newspapers were printed this way in the not so distant past but its effects can still be felt today in the language we use when talking about fonts, upper and lower case, leading, type, point.

The popular saying to ‘come a cropper’ relates back to when these printers sometimes lost the top of their fingers when printing on a platen press.

A spokesman for Shipley Wayzgoose said there will be ‘exquisite high quality books’ on sale.

He said: “This is very niche and specific. It’s hard work. It’s filthy, horrible, dirty work but there’s a skill and craft to it.

“It’s all sorts of age groups. There’s people who have taken it up as a hobby, kids in their 20s picking it up for the first time.”

People can buy their own press or type, watch demo’s of bookbinding, letterpress and marbling and grab refreshments and food from the cafe.

The fair will be open from 11am-4pm at at The Kirkgate Centre, Shipley on Saturday, June 8.

Entry is free.