Following a hugely successful first tour in 2016, Picador is delighted that Shore 2 Shore is returning for Independent Bookshop Week 2018.  Find out where which bookshops the poets are visiting and how to buy tickets for their 2018 tour. 

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.

Here is the full line up of guest poets, and the bookshops they'll be visiting for Shore 2 Shore:

Griffin Books, Penarth, Saturday 16th June

7.30pm, All Saints Church, Victoria Square, Penarth CF64 3EH.
Guest poet: Stephen Payne

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Topping & Co. Booksellers, Bath, Sunday 17th June

4.30pm, Komedia, 22-23 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EP.
Guest poet: Sean Borodale

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Newham Books, London, Monday 18th June

7pm, Conway Hall, 25, Red Lion Square, London WC1 4RL.
Guest poet: Maura Dooley

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The Aldeburgh Bookshop, Aldeburgh, Tuesday 19th June

7pm, Aldeburgh Parish Church, Aldeburgh, IP15 5DU.
Guest poet: Rebecca Goss

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Weds 20th June: lunchtime signing (no event) at The Bookshop, Kibworth. 1pm-1.30pm. Find out more here. 

The Bookcase, Lowdham, Wednesday 20th June

7.30pm, Lowdham Village Hall, Main Street Lowdham NG14 7BD.
Guest poet: Georgina Wilding (current Young Poet Laureate for Nottingham – Unesco City of Literature)

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White Rose Bookshop, Thirsk, Thursday 21st June

7.30pm, St Mary’s Church , Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PR.
Guest poet: Kate Fox

Atkinson-Pryce, Biggar, Friday 22nd June

7.30pm, Biggar Municipal Hall, Kirkstyle, Biggar ML12 6DT.
Guest poet: Gerda Stevenson

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Bookpoint, Dunoon, Saturday 23rd June

7.30pm, Dunoon Burgh Hall, 195 Argyll Street, Dunoon PA23 7DD.
Guest poet: Tariq Latif

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.'