Shore to Shore Tour Partners: The Independent Bookshops

Supporting the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week, Shore To Shore sees the Poet Laureate and her chosen fellow artists undertaking a major national tour to perform their work and to celebrate communities with independent bookshops at their heart. These are the independent bookshops that will be participating in the tour.

14/03/2016
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Supporting the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop WeekShore To Shore sees the Poet Laureate and her chosen fellow artists undertaking a major national tour to perform their work and to celebrate communities with independent bookshops at their heart. These are the independent bookshops that will be participating in the tour.

For tickets and information on the Shore To Shore tour visit www.carolannduffyandfriends.com


For over twenty-one years Atkinson-Pryce has been welcoming book-lovers from all over the world, and we are still holding our own in the digital electronic era, with ever more lovely and interesting books filling our shelves and wonderful authors joining us for events.


“A gem of an independent bookshop, an Aladdin's cave, a haven of sanity in a difficult world, a welcoming, warm, friendly purveyor of infinite possibilities…”


Visit www.atkinson-pryce.co.uk to find out more.


Blackwell's Bookshop on Broad Street in Oxford first opened its doors on New Year's Day, 1879. The shop was 12 feet by 4 feet, during the past 137 years, it has expanded to 4 floors of books including the world-famous Norrington Room, built underneath Trinity College in 1966 and featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest bespoke bookselling floor in the World. With a year-long eclectic events programme, a floor of rare and second-hand books and a proud history of knowledgeable and passionate booksellers, Blackwell's remains one of England's best independent bookshops.


Visit www.blackwell.co.uk/oxford to find out more.


Booka Bookshop and Cafe was established in 2009 by Carrie and Tim Morris and is an award-winning, independent, in the thriving and historic market town of Oswestry in Shropshire. It has quickly established a reputation as a destination shop, renowned for the quality of its book stock and its strong community focus. It hosts a wide and varied range of author events for all ages and works closely with schools, libraries and other organisations to promote a passion for books and reading.


Visit www.bookabookshop.co.uk to find out more.


Independent bookshop Bookends has been based in Carlisle for over 25 years and stocks a diverse range of books with a specialism in Cumbrian interest titles. They hold regular author events, storytimes and book groups and supply books for two local book festivals. Bookends also have a branch in Keswick, a large second-hand bookshop and cafe in Carlisle and publish a range of local interest titles.


Visit www.bookscumbria.com to find out more.


Bookish opened its doors in the thriving market town of Crickhowell in 2010. Since then, we've flourished by providing a heavily curated, eclectic mix of titles alongside a busy programme of events, including Crickhowell Literary Festival. We work closely with local schools and community groups, run several book clubs and a book ordering service.


Visit www.book-ish.co.uk to find out more.


Falmouth Bookseller is an award-winning independent bookshop occupying a beautiful Georgian building situated in the bustling main street of this historic Cornish maritime town. We have a wide range of titles from adult to children, nautical to cookery and everything else in between! We also host numerous author signings, literary events and anything that might be bookish fun!


Visit www.falmouth-bookseller.co.uk to find out more.


Forum Books is an award winning independent bookshop in the heart of Corbridge, Northumberland. Eclectic, original and endlessly enthusiastic about the printed word, we stock a hand-picked range of beautiful books and host an impressive range of author events. In short, we love books as much as you do. Come and say hello!


Visit forumbooksandkids.com to find out more.


Jaffé and Neale Bookshop and Café have been promoting and selling books in

Chipping Norton since 2001. We won Independent Bookshop of the year in 2007

and pride ourselves on our book recommendations for all people and all

occasions. The coffee and cake is reason enough to visit.


Visit www.jaffeandneale.co.uk to find out more.


Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights is an award winning independent bookshop in Bath. We have a team of ten friendly booksellers, three floors of lovely books, a bibliotherapy room where we run our Reading Spas, a wall decorated in Tin Tin comics and a toilet illustrated by Chris Riddell.


Visit www.mrbsemporium.com to find out more.


Am ddegawd a mwy 'da ni wedi bod yn rhannu ein cariad at lyfrau Saesneg a Chymraeg gyda plant ac oedolion yn ein siop lyfrau bywiog, caffi a gardd gudd.


For over a decade we have shared our passion for books in English and Welsh with children and adults, locals and visitors, in our lively friendly shop – complete with café and secret garden.


Visit www.palasprint.com to find out more.


Based in Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth, Rossiter Books is a family-run business offering a hand-picked range of books, delivered with friendly and knowledgeable customer service. The team pride themselves on playing a key role in the community and are enthusiastic about bringing authors to the local area in a year-round events programme.


Visit rossiterbooks.co.uk to find out more.


Simply Books is an award-winning independent bookshop and café in Bramhall Village – on the Cheshire/Manchester border. Since opening in 2002 we have become an established part of our community and a destination for visitors to the area. As well offering an eclectic and wide-ranging selection of books and gifts we run no less than a dozen book clubs for children and adults, host events with authors, have our own Knit & Natter group and an Italian conversation group, and each month we have Simply Cinema - our hugely popular community cinema in the Village Hall.


Visit www.simplybooks.info to find out more.


Based in the beautiful Scottish Borders village of St Boswells, The Mainstreet Trading Company is a destination bookshop, café, deli & home shop. A hub of the local community, the shop holds regular author events and has won numerous prizes including Independent Bookshop of the Year and Deli of the Year since launching in 2008.


Visit www.mainstreetbooks.co.uk to find out more.


Topping & Company Booksellers of St Andrews was opened by husband and wife team Robert and Louise Topping in November 2014. The bookshop was the largest Scottish indie to open in over 30 years, a haven for bibliophiles housing over 50,000 titles. With floor to ceiling bookshelves, a woodburning stove and library ladders we are home to a year-round Literary Festival and School of Night Poetry series. Free-flowing coffee and author visits as varied as Richard Dawkins, Jeanette Winterson and Don Paterson are all part who we are - both a community bookshop and a destination for readers nationwide.


Visit www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/st-andrews to find out more


Wenlock Books is an award-winning independent bookshop in the medieval market town of Much Wenlock, Shropshire. It is also the home of the nationally acclaimed Wenlock Poetry Festival which takes place in April each year.


Visit www.wenlockbooks.co.uk to find out more.