New indies opening just in time for IBW
Kate Mosse, Annie Garthwaite, Shon Faye, William Sieghart, A. M. Dassu, Sarah Winman, Jayson Reynolds, Joanna Cannon, Melvyn Bragg and more to join bookshop celebrations
50th anniversary festivities, the first IBW BookTok tour, cooking demonstrations, translation discussions, eco bag-making sessions, Bookshop.org events and much more
New indie twinning between Topping & Fitzcarraldo, Bookhaus & Charco Press, Books on the Hill & VERVE Books, Gloucester Road Books & Little Toller among others
A cohort of new independent bookshops will be ready to welcome new customers across the UK, opening just in time for Independent Bookshop Week or moving into new premises ahead of the week.
New indies include:
The Book Hive will be opening their doors during IBW in Aylsham, North Norfolk
Imagined Things in Harrogate have just opened their new premises on Saturday 4 June
Night Owl are a newly opened indie in East Linton, Scotland
Bert’s Books have recently opened their doors in Swindon
Book Bodega have recently opened in Ramsgate, Kent
The Manga Crate is a specialist bookshop that opened this spring in Telford, Shropshire
Independent booksellers up and down the country have been busy organising a huge range of activities to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, from 50th anniversary celebrations to poetry showcases and cooking demonstrations, and from events in atmospheric local churches to Jane Austen-themed parties and eco-bag making sessions.
Independent Bookshop Week 2022 will see its first ever BookTok Tour, with participating BookTokers from Northumberland, London, Manchester, St Neots (Cambridgeshire), York, Sunderland, Cambridge, Wolverhampton and Banchory (Aberdeenshire) joining the celebrations by visiting their local independent bookshops and sharing content about the Indie Book Awards.
Participating BookTokers include: anya.reads (61.6K folloers), booksbyz (98K followers), daisreads (100.4K followers), frostgalaxy (20.8K followers), ninasbookshelf (31.3K followers), the_caffeinatedreader (37.5K followers), tolusuniverse (42.7K followers), whatbritreads (49.3K followers) and bowiesbooks (16.3K followers).
- Chorleywood Bookshop will be celebrating their 50th anniversary as well as IBW with a packed week of events, including: an evening with Rev Richard Coles to discuss his new book Murder Before Evensong on Monday 20 June; an evening with best-selling writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, talking about his captivating memoir, Back in the Day on Wednesday 22 June; best-selling crime writer, actor and comedian Mark Billingham will be bookseller for a day on Friday 24 June, and much more. More info here.
- Authors and bookshop lovers Liz Fenwick and Brigid Coady will be setting up in their annual bookshop crawl with the Romantic Novelists Association, visiting indie bookshops including: The Ivybridge Bookshop, St Ives Books, Edge of the World Books, Padstow Bookseller, Falmouth Bookshop, TheBook Shop Liskeard, Shrew Books and Hurley Books, as well as the newly opened Bert’s Books in Swindon (on their way back!).
- Niche Comic Books (Huntingdon) will host an open mic poetry night with poet, musician and storyteller Fay Roberts on Thursday 23 June, and an acoustic night with talented singer-songwriter Christian Smith on Friday 24 June, both at The Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon. More info here and here.
- Harris & Harris Books (Suffolk) will be hosting a talk with Annie Garthwaite, author of the outstanding debut novel Cecily, to discuss her book, do a reading and sign copies in the atmospheric Clare Church on Wednesday 22 June. More info here.
- One Tree Books (Petersfield) will be visited by best-selling author Kate Mosse, one of the contributors of Marple: Twelve New Stories, a new collection of short stories featuring the Queen of Crime’s legendary detective Jane Marple, penned by twelve acclaimed authors, on Wednesday 22 June. More info here.
- Confer-Karnac Bookshop (London) will be celebrating IBW and the first year in their new Spitalfields home with all-day celebrations on Saturday 25 June. Expect a book launch with author Anne Power, 15% off on all books all day, a talk on ‘How to Get Published’ with Christina Wipf Perry (Publishing Director) and Catharine Arnold (Author and Editor of The New Psychotherapist), an afternoon of tea and cake, and much more! More info here.
- October Books (Southampton) will be holding two free events for IBW: on Thursday 23 June, join translators Megan Berkobien and María Cristina Hall in conversation via Zoom to discuss Montserrat Roig’s first novel, Goodbye, Ramona, a powerhouse story told through the point of view of three generations of women from the same family. On Saturday 25 June, there will be an in-person event with consultant clinical psychologist and author Isabel Clarke, to learn how to transform anger from a problem into a valuable resource, based on her illuminating self-help book How to Deal With Anger. More info here and here.
- The Ivybridge Bookshop is planning a session of children’s storytelling with author Clare Helen Welsh on Saturday 18 June, based on her book Slime? It’s Not Mine! On Tuesday 21 June, they will hold a Travel Writing Evening with authors Caroline Born, Mary Considine, Biku Ghosh, Andy Grigg and Eric Marks, and on Wednesday 22 June there will be a Romantic Fiction Morning with Liz Fenwick, Veronica Henry, Esme King and Rosie Walsh, including the paperback launch of The Impulse Purchase by Veronica Henry and The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh. On Thursday 23 June, there will be a Poetry Evening with Margaret Arnold, Laurence McPartlin, Gill McEvoy and Annie Jenkin. More info here.
- Booka Bookshop (Oswestry) are organising a virtual school event on Wednesday 22 June with Naomi and James Jones for the book One More Try (OUP), with a school class going into the bookshop itself to join in the virtual event with Naomi and James from there.
- Nomad Books (London) are holding three events to mark IBW: a special workshop for children with Jess Rose, author of Fantastic Frankie on Saturday 18 June; an evening with Clare Pooley on Wednesday 22 June to discuss her book The People on Platform 5; and a special tasting on Saturday 25 June with Aparna Prinja and Shital Shah, based on their book Plant Milk Power. More info here.
- Kibworth Books will be holding a Jane Austen celebration with local writer Gemma Barder, author of the Easy Classics series (Sweet Cherry), on Saturday 25 June, and a signing session in the bookshop with M. Dassu to mark the publication of Fight Back on Thursday 23 June. More info here.
- Book Haus (Bristol) are hosting a great deal of celebrations for IBW: on Monday 20 June they will be hosting an event with Shon Faye to celebrate the paperback launch of The Transgender Issue (Penguin). On Wednesday 22 June they’ll hold a launch for A Woman’s Game (Faber) by Suzanne Wrack, with the event chaired by the head of Bristol City women’s supporters club,M. Withers. On Saturday 25 June they will be hosting a launch for Sink the Pink (Quarto) by Glyn Fussell; Sink the Pink is the biggest LGBTQ+ collective in the UK, and this event will be run as part of Bristol Pride. More info here.
- Gloucester Road Books (Bristol) will be doing an event with Sandor Katz, who will be joining them at the nearby B&A Church Hall on Friday 24 June to talk about his books about fermentation, including Fermentation Journeys (Chelsea Green) and give a demonstration! More info here.
- BOOK Leighton Buzzard will hold a pre-IBW event with author, comedian and podcast host Andrew Hunter Murray, to discuss his new book The Sanctuary on Thursday 17 June; on Friday 24 June, there will be an evening conversation with Ruth Hogan about her new book, Madame Burova; author and comedian Olaf Falafel will be running a story time, drawing session and will be illustrating a window of the bookshop based on his new book, Blobfish on Saturday 25 June. More info here.
- The Bookshop on the Green (Bournville, Birmingham) will hold a pre-IBW storytelling session for under 5s on Friday 17 June inspired by Julia Donaldson’s Tales from Acorn Wood; Steve Smallman will be coming to the bookshop with his latest Maggie Sparks books on Saturday 18 June; Thursday 23 June will see an Open Mic Night with poet Chloe Hanks. In addition to author events, the bookshop will be giving out High Five £5 vouchers when spending more than £10 and there will be 10% off all purchases all week, plus a Lucky Dip to win a special prize. More info here.
- Bert’s Books (Swindon) will have author signings throughout IBW, including: on Sunday 19 June Joanna Cannon, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie, will be doing a signing and working as a guest bookseller; on Monday 20 June, Sarah Winman, who is shortlisted in the Indie Book Awards for Still Life, will be visiting the shop; on Tuesday 21 June they will be visited by Sunday Times bestselling author CL Taylor; on Wednesday 22 June, BBC presenter and author Sarah Cox will be doing a signing of her new novel Thrown; on Friday 24 June they will be welcoming Nadine Matheson, author of The Binding Room; on Saturday 25 June children’s illustrator Steve Antony will be doing a set of activity for kids.
- BookBar (London) will be holding the launch party of Winnie M Lie, author of Complicit on Tuesday 21 June. More info here.
- The Bridge Bookshop (Port Erin, Isle of Man) will be organising an event with Fiona Gell, author of Spring Tides as part of their IBW activity.
- Hunting Raven (Frome) will be holding an author event with Winnie M Li in conversation with Libby Page, author of The Island Home, on Thursday 23 June, to discuss female ambition and male privilege in the workplace, breaking the silence and building community. More info here.
- The Book Nook (Stewarton) are running a variety of events for adults and children throughout Independent Bookshop Week. The line-up includes: Lindsay Littleson will be doing a children’s story writing workshop and book signing on Saturday 18 June; on Sunday 19 June, Jacquelyn Armour will be signing and talk about her book Follow Your Joy; on Monday 20, you can find out more about local history from authors Dane Love and Frank Beattie; on Tuesday 21 June, Lorraine Johnston, author of The Story Behind the Stories will be sharing inspiring story of how a challenging diagnosis led to her becoming a children’s author; crime writers Douglas Skelton and Morgan Cry will be doing a talk and book signing on Wednesday 22 June; on Thursday 23 June there will be an event with authors Michael Malone and Kenny Boyle; and on Saturday 25 June there will be a workshop with children’s illustrator Petra Baillie and an author talk and signing with Sharon Bairden. More info here.
- Phlox Books (London) will be having writer and journalist Lucy Mangan, author of Are We Having Fun Yet? working as a guest bookseller on Wednesday 22 June.
- Mr B’s Emporium (Bath) will be doing an author event with Natasha Pulley, who will be discussing her new novel The Half Life of Valery K on Tuesday 21 June and an event with Lucy Mangan on Saturday 25 June. More info here.
- Shelf Life Books and Zines (Cardiff) invites customers to make their own book bag made out of recycled bouncy castle fabric with Shelf Life and Twin Made on Thursday 23 June. All materials will be provided, no sewing experience needed. More info here.
- Five Leaves (Nottingham) will be holding a charming event with Zoe Howe, author of Witchful Thinking: The Wise Woman’s Handbook for Creating A Charmed Life on Wednesday 22 June. More info here.
- Cookbookbake (Hove) are inviting customers to embark on a culinary journey along the ancient spice routes with Eleanor Ford, author of The Nutmeg Trail, on Saturday 18 June, and will be hosting a discussion and cooking demonstration of authentic Indian cooking with Torie True, inspired by her cookbook Chilli & Mint. More info here and here, and on their Instagram page @cookbookbake1.
- Max Minerva’s (Bristol) are holding an event with author Emma Stonex, who is shortlisted in the Indie Book Awards for The Lamplighters, her uncategorisable mystery/thriller about love and loss, on Monday 20 June. They will also be joined by food writer and founder of Bristol charity 91 Ways Kalpna Woolf, author of Eat, Share, Love, andMiranda El Khazen of Lebanese food importers Shorkk, to discuss the role of food in the community on Tuesday 21 June. More info here and here.
- Westbourne Bookshop (Bournemouth) will be celebrating IBW and handing out goodie bags all week. Andreina Cordani will be kicking IBW off with a special blog, and Joanna Quinn will be popping in to sign her new book The Whalebone Theatre, which was inspired by the local area. To end it we will be celebrating the Bookshop’s birthday (there will be cake)!
- The Steyning Bookshop (West Sussex) will be holding ‘An Evening with Two Sussex Crime Writers: Graham Bartlett & Lesley Thomson’ on Friday 24 June. Graham Bartlett, ex policeman and now advisor to crime writers, will introduce his debut novel Bad for Good, while popular crime novelist Lesley Thomson will introduce her new book The Companion. More info here.
- Sevenoaks Bookshop (Kent) will be open for an after-hours browse on Friday 24 June withspecial offers, music and delicious local wines, beer and soft drinks from their newly licensed There will also be a free glass of Pimms for everyone who can make it! William Sieghart, author of The Poetry Pharmacy, will be running a poetry consultancy in the café. Torie True, author of the cookbook Chilli & Mint, will be signing copies of her book and serving some of her delicious recipes including her Sri Lankan Coconut Dahl. And Sophia Kingshill, author of Mermaids, will be signing copies of her gorgeous book in the shop. More info here.
- ebb & flo bookshop (Chorley) is holding a book signing with The Happy News creator Emily Coxhead, to celebrate the launch of her new children’s picture book, Find Your Happy on Saturday 18 June. More info here.
- Much Ado Books (Alfriston, East Sussex) will be joined by historian and Oxford professor Emma Smith, author of Portable Magic: A History of Books and their Readers, to discuss her wide-ranging tour of human history viewed through the lens of the book and its development on Saturday 25 June. More info here.
- Dark Peak Books & Gifts (Glossop), formerly known as Bay Tree Books & Gifts, will be unveiling their rebranded bookshop on the first day of IBW, Saturday 18 June, celebrating with fizz and cake. They will be offering tote bags full of goodies to customers when they spend over £30 during IBW.
- Edge of the World Bookshop (Penzance) are holding a great deal of celebrations for IBW: on Saturday 18 June artists and illustrators Emily Powell and Sarah Moore will be creating a special bookshop window, ahead of an event where they’ll talk about the power of art for your mental wellbeing; on Thursday 23 June, Joanna Nadin will be visiting local a primary school and entertaining children with stories about the very worst class in the world; also on Thursday 23 June Sharon Wright, author of Mother of the Bronte’s will share the secrets behind Penzance’s connection to the most famous literary family of all; on Friday 24 June, Jane Johnson will be launching her new book The White Hare in the Solomon Browne Hall, Mousehole. More info here.
- Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books (Newcastle upon Tyne) will be welcoming local author Saviour Pirotta for a wonderful session for over 7s to hear his stories and take part in activities on Saturday 25 June. In addition, they’ll have a guest window decorated by a local illustrator, a special signed book display, and an extra special family bingo night! More info here.
- Bookshop by the Blackdowns (Wellington, Somerset) will welcome ‘Queen of Historical Fiction’, Emma Carroll on Saturday 18 June, where she will be doing a book signing, promoting hernew book Escape to the River Sea, a sequel to Eva Ibbotson’s Journey to the River Sea. More info here.
- Books Alive (Hove) will be doing an event on Saturday 18 June with local writer Jocelyn-Anne Harvey, author of Not Knowing but Still Going, a buoyant hope for uncertain times, where she will talk about how she came to write this unusual book on how it might have felt for the women who would have been on Noah’s Ark. More info here.
- Collected Books (Durham) will hold an event on Monday 20 June at St Chad’s College bringing together Avril Joy and Anna Barker, two County Durham-based writers to read from their recently published short story collections and discuss their experience of writing across the range of forms, from novel to story to poem. More info here.
- Blue Bear Bookshop (Farnham) will hold a book launch event with Becky Jerams and Ellie Wyatt, for their book The Songs You’ve Never Heard, a contemporary celebrity YA ‘booksical’ – a YA novel accompanied by an album of songs featured in the story – on Thursday 23 June. On Friday 24 June, there will be an evening with Ed Patrick discussing his comedy career and latest book – Catch Your Breath. More info here and here.
- The Rabbit Hole (Brigg) will be holding The Totally Locally Brigg Indie Market on Saturday 18 June, with locally based authors and musicians taking place in the market as well as outside and inside the shop during the day, to celebrate IBW and indies. On Wednesday 22 June, they will do an evening event with Matson Taylor, talking about his new book All About Evie, sequel to The Miseducation of Evie Epworth, which includes a number of local references. On Thursday 23, they’re holding a live Zoom event with local schools with children’s author Aisha Bushby. Finally, on Friday 24 June, Indie Book of the Month author M. Dassu will be visiting the shop. Throughout IBW, The Rabbit Hole will also be collaborating with Hull City Council at The Big Malarkey Festival. More info here.
- RIAS Bookshop (Edinburgh) are holding an evening on Wednesday 22 June with author John Barr talking about his book 20th Century Japan in 20 Buildings. He will be interviewed by RIAS Award 2022 winner Kieran Gaffney and there will be an opportunity to talk to John afterwards and have your copy of his book signed. More info here.
- The Thoughtful Spot (Halifax) will have local author Sarah Stone, author of The Dragon’s of Wainhouse Tower – based on a local landmark – in the shop for a signing on Saturday 18 June; on Saturday 25 June, they are welcoming Hannah Durkan for her first visit to the shop with her children’s novel Zeina and the Sky Whale. During the week they will be running a couple of competitions: make upyour own Impossible Ice-cream flavour and hopefully guess how many strawberry laces in the jar.
- Linghams Bookshop (Wirral) will be doing an event and book signing with Anyika Onuora, author of My Hidden Race, on Saturday 18 June, and a book talk and signing with former Scottish footballer Pat Nevin, author of The Accidental Footballer, on Tuesday 21 June. More info here and here.
- Owl and Pyramid Bookshop (Seaton) will be doing an event and book signing on Monday 20 June with Suzy Bussell, local crime writer, author of the Lockwood and Darrow On Saturday 25 June, there will be a storytime and book signing event with Keri Cozens, a local author who has written about wildlife and the environment (suitable for ages 3-7).
- Chicken and Frog (Brentwood) invites all little ones to join author and illustrator Fiona Lumbers for a book signing and story on Wednesday 22 June.
- La Biblioteka (Leeds) will be holding an event with last year’s Indie Book Awards winner in the Non-Fiction category Lemn Sissay, author of My Name Is Why, on Saturday 18 June in the Montgomery Theatre. More info here.
- Bookshop.org, the online bookstore that supports independent bookshops, will be holding two virtual events during IBW: on Thursday 23 June, Jason Reynolds, who is shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards for When I Was the Greatest (illustrated by Akhran Girmay), will be in conversation with Carolynn Bain from Afrori Books at 7pm; on Tuesday 21 June, Bodé Aboderin (AKA Papa B) will discuss Fatherhood by Papa B with Candice Brathwaite and fellow fathers and father-figures Tom Cox, Robert Douglas and Niran Vinod at 7pm. Tickets to both events are available to all customers that buy a copy of the books form a participating indie, or from Bookshop.org. In addition, Bookshop.org will be holding a virtual event with Indie Book Awards shortlistee Michelle Zauner, author of Crying in H Mart, to be broadcast just after IBW.
- Simon Savidge and Melanie Sykes, the official Book Club for Indie Bookshop Week, will be reading the Indie Book Awards shortlisted book Scoff by Pen Vogler for their June Book Club, which they will then discuss on their YouTube channel. More info here.
- Round Table Books (London) will be hosting a podcast recording of Down the Rabbit Hole, the podcast for grown-ups who love children’s books, hosted by Caroline Carpenter, Hannah Love, Charlie Morris and Sam Sedgman. The episode will see the special guest Namina Forna, YA author of The Merciless One (Usborne) in conversation with guest host Stacey Thomas, book reviewer at Bad Form Review and judge on The Diverse Book Awards longlist. The episode will air on Saturday 18 June, the first day of IBW. More info here.
- Gerrards Cross Bookshop (Buckinghamshire) will be hosting a recording a show of the podcast We’d Like A Word, a radio show and podcast about the words we write, the words we read, the words we say, hosted by Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. In their special IBW episode, they’ll interview author Conn Iggulden as well as bookseller Sheryl Shurville. More info here.
- Denny’s Books (Thames Ditton, Surrey) will be hosting an episode of the podcast Writers Routine, a show discussing the work and lives of writers, hosted by Dan Simpson. More info here.
- Topping & Company Edinburgh will be twinning with award-winning indie press Fitzcarraldo Editions. There will be a bespoke window display, tote bags and postcards available throughout the week.
- Books on the Hill (St Albans) will be twinning with VERVE Books, with celebrations including: author event with Jane Jesmond on Saturday 18 June in the bookshop; podcast episodes with VERVE authors Laurie Petrou and Carolyn Kirby; a social media giveaway for a personalised book buying experience at Books on the Hill; co-branded bookmarks; an special IBW window display and more. More info here.
- Next Page Books (Hitchin) will be teaming up with children’s book publisher Barrington Stoke during IBW. They will hold an ‘Introduction to Barrington Stoke’ evening event for local parents and carers in the shop on Tuesday 21 June, where Jane Walker will talk about how their amazing books can help children break down barriers to reading and ensure that ‘every child can be a reader’. In addition, Jane will also be a bookseller for a day on the same day, helping with displays, booking in stock and chatting to customers!
- Bookhaus (Bristol) are going to partner with the Latin American-focused indie publisher Charco Press. On Saturday 18 June they will be hosting an event in the bookshop with two of their translators, Daniel Hahn and Rosalind Harvey. More info here.
- Gloucester Road Books (Bristol) will be working with Little Toller to highlight a big range of their wonderful publishing in store, and offer some free goodies when people buy one of their books from the shop. They will also hold an event with Little Toller author, Davina Quinlivan, who will be talking about her book Shalimar with Pippa Marland in store on Wednesday 22 June. More info here.
- DRAKE The Bookshop (Stockton-on-Tees) are twinning with local press b small publishing. They will be doing a competition for children to win a copy of The Encyclopaedia of STEM Words, plus copies of the book for their school library too, and organising STEM storytime in the bookshop. They are also working with four primary schools on a Reading Ambassador project, asking ambassadors to create some comments and reviews of the book, with the best reviews winning a set of books for theirschool library.
Joanna Cannon said: “Independent bookshops are magical places, staffed by passionate and enthusiastic booksellers who have the uncanny knack of always being able to find you exactly the right book, at exactly the right time. Independent Bookshop Week is a time to celebrate and support bookshops across the UK, and I’m so looking forward to being a bookseller for a day with the wonderful Alex at the gorgeous Bert’s Books.”
Naomi Jones said: “Indie bookshops are total treasure troves and often a really important part of their local community. They’re staffed by friendly, passionate booksellers who are full of brilliant recommendations. As an author, and someone who loves bookshops and books, I think it’s really important to support them which is why I’m thrilled to be involved with Independent Bookshop Week.”
Emma Bradshaw, Head of Campaigns at the BA, said: “We’re so excited for the start of Independent Bookshop Week next week! The breadth of events organised by booksellers across the UK and the number of bookshops taking part is larger than ever. After two years of the campaign taking place under COVID restrictions, we’re thrilled to see so much in-store activity lined up. Whether they are joining an author event, attending a children’s story time or family activity, enjoying special offers and promotions, or just buying their next great read, we know all book-lovers are in for a treat this June.”
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