Bookshop Day Line-Up Revealed!

  • June Sarpong, Sarah Perry, Anton du Beke, Max Porter, Chris Wormell, Charly Cox, Emma Glass, Gill Sims, and more join Bookshop Day, Saturday 6 October
  • Children try their hands at running bookshops
  • Poetry karaoke, book surgeries, storytellers, workshops and more!

From events with June Sarpong, Sarah Perry, Anton du Beke, and Max Porter, to children running bookshops, poetry karaoke, book surgeries, writing workshops, book clubs, storytellers, quizzes, and MUCH more, bookshops across the country are laying on an unmissable line-up of events for book lovers this Bookshop Day, Saturday 6 October.

Taking place two days after the biggest day of new book releases of the year (‘Super Thursday’, 4 October), bookshops in every corner of the UK will be welcoming authors, poets, illustrators, and, most importantly, book lovers, to celebrate Bookshop Day 2018. Now in its third year, Bookshop Day is part of the annual Books Are My Bag campaign, which celebrates the vital importance of bookshops in local communities and on high streets in the UK.

BOOKSHOP DAY HIGHLIGHTS, Saturday 6th October 2018:



  • This year’s Flagship Bookshop Day Event brings together three of the most exciting feminist voices in the UK: June Sarpong(The Power of Women and Diversify) and Charly Cox (She Must Be Mad) and Emma Glass (Peach) for a discussion on what it means to be a woman in 2018 and why we should ALL be feminists. Waterstones
    Gower Street
    , 2pm, £6
  • The Wellcome Shop at the Wellcome Collection will be marking its first ever partnership with Books Are My Bag by hosting a Book Surgery on Bookshop Day. The Wellcome Shop will run the surgery from 11-5pm on Bookshop Day, with ‘book doctors’ prescribing each guest their perfect next read. The Wellcome Book Prize, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will also have special edition BAMB bags to give away. 11-5pm
  • The People vs. Poetry, Foyles Charing Cross Road: To celebrate this year’s partnership between Bookshop Day and National Poetry Day (4 October), four poets (Craig Raine, Sandeep Parmar, Richard Scott and Victoria Adukwei Bulley) will undergo a Newsnight-style grilling from adjudicators Will Harris and Richard Osmand to explore poetry’s role and relevance in 2018. 4 October (National Poetry Day), 8:30pm, from £5
  • Pickled Pepper Books, Crouch End, will welcome legendary illustrator Chris Wormell (illustrator of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust) to celebrate his new book, Planetarium, with an educational afternoon and planetary drawing session for children. 3pm, £5 Pickled Pepper Books will also be letting local children run the shop on Bookshop Day
  • Burley Fisher Books, Haggerston, is hosting a Saturday Salon featuring Elaine Castillo, Sophie Mackintosh and Emma Glass. 6-8:30pm, £5
  • Moon Lane Books, Forest Hill, is creating a pick-list voted for by children at its local school, and will be inviting local children to run the shop on Bookshop Day
  • Dulwich Books, Dulwich, will be letting local children run the shop on Bookshop Day
  • The Alligator’s Mouth children’s bookshop in Richmond will host author Jo Simmons (The Dodo Made Me Do It) and illustrator Sheena Dempsey for an afternoon of reading, activities and general hilarity that will be perfect for junior and early readers. 3pm, £5
  • Houseman’s, King’s Cross, is hosting an evening of powerhouse, passionate, angry and hopeful class-struggle poetry from Laura Taylor and Janine Booth. 7pm, donation
  • Waterstones Crouch End will be hosting an event with author Brooke Barker (Sad Animal Facts). 3:30-5pm


  • The Book Hive, Norwich, is welcoming best-selling and multi-award-winning author Sarah Perry, for a Q&A and signing of her new novel, Melmoth. 6:30pm, £5
  • Mr’s B’s Emporium, Bath, will be welcoming the multi-award-winning Max Porter back to his bookselling routes as he goes behind the till for the morning to sell his favourite books
  • Five
    Leaves Bookshop
    in Nottingham will host the launch of the All-Night Bookshop by David Belbin, with a reading from the author. 8:30-9:45pm
  • Waterstones Lancaster Corn Market is hosting a fiendish Bookshop Day quiz, with prizes book lovers will love. 3pm
  • Imagined Things Bookshop, Harrogate, is hosting an event with illustrator Emily Sutton. 11:30am-1:30pm, free
  • DRAKE the Bookshop in Stockton-on-Tees is hosting two events on Bookshop Day:

o   A ‘Cream Tea with a French Twist’ with author Alicia Drake (A Shopper’s Guide to Paris; I Love You Too Much). 4pm, £10
o   An evening with No 1 Sunday Times bestselling author Laura Barnett (Greatest Hits; The Versions of Us) and Kathryn Williams (Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous), with a musical accompaniment. 7-9pm, £10

  • Chicken and Frog Bookshop, the only independent children’s bookshop in Brentwood, is celebrating Bookshop Day with a special edition of their Creative Writing Club, plus some poetry karaoke. Budding writers (aged 6+) can come along with poetry they’ve have written, or a favourite poem (Mrs Chicken will be reciting A.A.Milne’s ‘James James Morrison Morrison’) to take part! 16:00-17:30, £5 Chicken & Frog will also be giving children a taste of running a bookshop on Bookshop Day
  • Hungerford Bookshop will be hosting Helen Browning to discuss her new book, Pig: Tales from an Organic Farm, as well as a special Bookshop Party to mark Bookshop Day and bookseller, Tessa’s, 40th anniversary in bookselling
  • Seven Stories, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, will be welcoming children’s author Liz Flanagan (Dragon Daughter) for a mystical event where children aged 8-12 can draw and write their own magical creature story. Sunday 7 October, 11am-12pm, free
  • The annual Lit Crawl at Cheltenham Literature Festival will be popping into various bookshops
    to mark Bookshop Day
  • The Book Case, Hebden Bridge, will be letting local children run the shop on Bookshop Day
  • Children’s Bookshop Huddersfield, will be letting local children run the shop on Bookshop Day
  • Forum Books, Corbridge, will be hosting a signing with author Dan Smith. 11am
  • Booka Bookshop, Shropshire, will celebrate its ninth birthday on Bookshop Day


  • Far From the Madding Crowd in Linlithgow will be welcoming Sunday Times bestselling author Gill Sims (Why Mummy Drinks) to mark the launch of her newest book, Why Mummy Swears. 3pm
  • Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh, will be hosting the Edinburgh launch of Square Eyes, the new graphic novel by Anna Mill and Luke Jones. 8pm, free
  • The Edinburgh Bookshop will be letting local children run the shop on Bookshop Day


  • Bookish, Crickhowell, is running the Crickhowell Literary Festival on Bookshop Day, with author events including Amanda Jennings & Laura Kemp in conversation (5pm, £7), as well as M.R. Hall, Joanna Cannon, Roy Noble, Stuart Turton and Sophie Hannah
  • Rossiter Books, Monmouth, is teaming up with the local Savoy Theatre to host Strictly Come Dancing legend Anton du Beke. Du Beke will be discussing and signing his debut novel, One Enchanted Evening. Sunday 7 October, 1pm, £20


  • Celebrated poets Charly Cox and Jen Campbell will each be releasing a new poem dedicated to bookshops
  • Iconic pop artist, Sir Peter Blake, has designed this year’s Limited Edition Bag, which will be available exclusively in bookshops from Bookshop Day
  • A Limited Edition Children’s Bag, inspired by Philip Pullman’s new The Book of Dust trilogy, will also be available, with a design based on Chris Wormell’s illustrations
  • HarperCollins will be releasing an exclusive BAMB short story collection by Cecelia Ahern. To celebrate Bookshop Day 2018, HarperCollins is offering bookshops an exclusive Books Are My Bag collection of seven short stories by Cecelia Ahern to give away free to readers from 4 October. The short stories are taken from Cecelia’s original, witty and inspiring new collection ROAR, one of this autumn’s most anticipated fiction titles, scheduled for release on 1 November
  • The Read Like A Writer podcast will be releasing a special Bookshop Day episode, featuring Shaun Bythell (Diary of a Bookseller)

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