“There is no more welcoming, magical and inspiring place than a bookshop.”
- M.G. Leonard


What is Books Are My Bag?

Books Are My Bag is a year-round campaign to celebrate bookshops across the UK and Ireland. It was established in 2013 by the Booksellers Association, working closely with its members (both independent and chain bookshops) publishers, authors, illustrators, poets and many other partners within the book world and beyond.
 
Books Are My Bag exists to make connections between bookshops and people who value them; to champion the work booksellers do within their communities; and to remind people of the joy and benefits of doing their book-shopping with their local bookshop.
 
Books Are My Bag comprises a range of calendar moments and book recommendations including Independent Bookshop Week (June), Bookshop Day (second Saturday in October), Irish Book Week (October), Indie Book Awards, Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, Indie Book of the Month and Booktime magazine. 
 
For more information follow @booksaremybag and #ChooseBookshops on social media. 
 

Why Choose Bookshops?
  • Local jobs
  • Local economy
  • Local community
  • Real passion
  • Real people
  • Real conversations
  • Proper service
  • Perfect gifts
  • Taxes paid!

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


What Have You Been Buying?

We’d love to see what you’ve been buying and where you’ve been buying it. Share pictures of your bookshop purchases on social media, tag the bookshop you bought them from, tag us @booksaremybag and use #ChooseBookshops. Let’s shout about our favourite books and bookshops!

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