“Thank God for independent bookshops and everything they do, their expertise, championing of great books and incredible ways of bringing literature, reading and other worlds into communities.”

 - Nikesh Shukla 

What is Independent Bookshop Week?

Independent Bookshop Week 2024 will take place Saturday 15 - Saturday 22 June. 

Independent Bookshop Week is a celebration of independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland. It aims to highlight the vital role independent bookshops play in their communities, and to encourage consumers to shop for their summer reads with their local independent. The campaign was launched in 2006.
Independent Bookshop Week takes place annually, mid-June (the first weekend of the campaign usually overlaps with Fathers’ Day). Hachette UK is the headline sponsor, with support from Gardners and Nielsen BookData. More than 700 independent bookshops are registered to participate.

What’s Happening This Year?

Renowned broadcaster and author of Murder at the Monastery (6 June 2024), Rev Richard Coles, celebrated journalist and author of Everything is Everything: A Memoir of Love, Hate and Hope, Clive Myrie and award-winning novelist and author of In The Shadow of the Wolf Queen, Kiran Millwood Hargrave are this year’s official ambassadors and will be appearing at bookshop events across the country.
Rev Richard Coles, said: “It all began for me with an independent bookseller, The Oundle Bookshop, in Northamptonshire where, when I was 8 years old, my grandfather bought me my first proper book – The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Stories – and without knowing it set me on this gilded path.”
Kiran Millwood Hargrave, said: “Independent bookshops are like treasure troves staffed by the most erudite and lovely dragons. Each knows their hoard inside out and I feel so lucky whenever I get to visit and ask for their recommendations, coming away with hidden gems and glittering storytelling riches. I love the high ceilings of Forum Books in Corbridge, the gorgeously-painted windows of Booka Bookshop, the pitch perfect curation at Porty Books and of course the dazzling array at my local, Mostly Books. But every shop I visit is distinct and precious, and offers an experience as unique as the people who run them - and that is what makes indie bookselling such a vibrant and vital part of the book world.”
Exclusive Poem
Following the success of poems created by Brian Bilston, Hollie McNish and Dean Atta, this year critically acclaimed spoken word performer George Mpanga (aka George the Poet), is creating a bespoke Independent Bookshop Week poem. We will be sharing the poem on the @booksaremybag social channels at 6pm on Wednesday 19 June.

Watch “Champions of Literature” by George the Poet, a new poem, written and performed exclusively for Independent Bookshop Week.

High Five for Bookshops
High Five for Bookshops, the giveaway from National Book Tokens, is back for a sixth year. Bookshops participating in Independent Bookshop Week will be rewarding 100 lucky customers each with unique codes, which customers can then use to claim a £5/€5 National Book Tokens e-Gift card to spend instore.


How can I celebrate Independent Bookshop Week?

Find your local indie
- Shop with them between Saturday 15 - Saturday 22 June 2024 
- Organise a Bookshop Crawl. Gather friends and family, plan your route and get shopping!
- Share your book purchases on social media tagging @booksaremybag and #IndieBookshopWeek
- Share the love of independent bookshops on social media and encouraging your followers to shop local and shop independent
- Every bookshop will have their own way of celebrating Independent Bookshop Week so make sure you sign up for your local bookshop’s newsletter and follow them on social media to find out what they have planned
- The Big Book Club will see indie bookshops across the UK and Ireland holding book clubs on the same evening, Wednesday 19 June. Check with your local bookshop to see if they are taking part
- Keep up to date with the campaign via the Books Are My Bag TwitterFacebook and Instagram  and follow #IndieBookshopWeek
- Sign up to Caboodle to see what events and offers are available from your local bookshops

Our thanks to our headline sponsor, Hachette UK. Thanks also to Gardners and Nielsen Book for their invaluable support.

If you are a bookseller or publisher and would like more information about the campaign, please visit the Booksellers Association website.