Following a hugely successful first tour in 2016, Picador is delighted to share the news that Shore 2 Shore is returning for Independent Bookshop Week 2018.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, accompanied by Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker & Jackie Kay, along with musical MC John Sampson will cross the country to visit and perform in nine independent bookshops, joined at each one by a local poet. Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse will be published by Picador in paperback on 14th June 2018.

Picador is thrilled to share that we will be partnering with the following bookshops for Shore 2 Shore:

Griffin Books, Penarth - Sat 16 June - Tickets available now
Topping & Co. Booksellers, Bath - Sun 17 June
Newham Books, London - Mon 18 June
The Aldeburgh Bookshop, Aldeburgh - Tues 19 June
The Bookshop, Kibworth - lunchtime signing, Weds 20 June
The Book Case, Lowdham - Weds 20 June
White Rose Books, Thirsk -Thurs 21 June 
Atkinson-Pryce Books, Biggar - Fri 22 June
Bookpoint, Dunoon - Sat 23 June

More information on timings and ticket sales will be available soon.

The first Shore to Shore saw Carol Ann Duffy and her hand-picked fellow artists travelling across the UK, performing their work, celebrating independent bookshops and bringing poetry to the heart of the communities that they serve. 1,500 miles were covered, audiences of well over 3,000 attended 15 events and nearly 2,000 books were sold. 

Carol Ann Duffy said: ‘After the inspiring success of Shore to Shore in 2016, Shore 2 Shore fulfils my promise to visit and celebrate some of the Independent Bookshops we missed last time. With glad hearts, we are climbing back in the Tour Bus and journeying from Penarth to Dunoon to pay tribute to Bookshops, readers and poetry, picking up a different poet at each stop to perform on the pilgrimage.’

Meryl Halls of the Booksellers Association said: ‘The BA is delighted that Macmillan and the wonderful poets on the tour have embraced life on the road for a second time to visit and celebrate indie bookshops during IBW.  What better partnership could there be than between iconic creative poets and the cultural and social hubs that are independent bookshops across our country?  These are some of the most creative and welcoming bookshops, and I look forward to watching the tour unfold, and to dispatches from the tour bus!’

Anna Bond, UK Sales Director at Pan Macmillan said: 'The Shore 2 Shore tour is such a wonderful way for Picador to support two of its favourite things, poetry and independent bookshops. As part of our celebration of Macmillan's 175th birthday we are delighted to take to the road again for Independent Bookshop Week.'