Independent Bookshop Week 2016 officially began on Saturday 18 June, but since our regular Storytime reader was on holiday during IBW we decided to celebrate a day early on Friday with a We're Going on a Bear Hunt Storytime party! Our lovely reader Sue brought props and the children came dressed in wellies and brought their bears along too.
On Saturday we decorated the shop with bunting and balloons, wore our Independent Bookshop Week t-shirts and welcomed customers in to celebrate with us! We even received written endorsement from six year old Abbie!
Our Children's Book Club had enormous fun on Saturday talking about why they think independent bookshops are special and why they love Wenlock Books. Meg also filmed a video in which she talks about her favourite David Walliams books!
Throughout the week we shared our favourite books published since Independent Bookshop Week began 10 years ago and we asked some booky friends to join in too. Click here to see these displayed big enough to read the recommendations!
We also recommended our favourite books in the shop.
On Wednesday we started the day with our Slow Reading Group with one of the group members bringing us flowers! We also received 3 gorgeous 'The Book Seller' badges from the Queen of booky craft, Leila Skelton. You might have heard Jasmine chatting to Jim Hawkins on BBC Radio Shropshire too!
In the afternoon, we hosted the book launch for Catherine Downes, The Sketches. It was so interesting to hear Catherine talking about how she sketches and explain about the materials that she uses, and it was such a treat to be able to admire Catherine's original notebooks. Signed copies of Catherine Downes, The Sketches are in stock now for £18.99.
On Wednesday evening we hosted a Random Reading Group focusing on This Must Be The Place by Maggie O'Farrell. Unfortunately the wine, cake and fantastic discussion distracted us from taking any photos!
On Friday we welcomed the Shore to Shore tour to Shropshire. To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week Picador have hosted poetry events with independent bookshops up and down the country and on Friday the tour arrived at Wenlock Books. Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay and John Sampson were joined by local poet Liz Lefroy for a fantastic night of poetry.
The venue that we chose for Shore to Shore was Theatre on the Steps in Bridgnorth and it was completely magical! Imtiaz Dharker wrote about Theatre on the Steps for The Guardian calling it, 'a beautiful old place kept alive, like many of the country’s best treasures, by dedicated volunteers'.
On Saturday we finished Independent Bookshop Week with another IBW Children's Book Club.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped make our Independent Bookshop Week even more fantastic than last year's!