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Farewell #IBW2015

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Independent Booksellers Week 2015 has come to an end and what a week of celebration it’s been. We kicked off the fun last Saturday, with the launch of our Booksih Quiz (congrats to the lucky winners, we will get your prizes to you during the coming week). As well as the quiz, we took part in the Tiger Who Came to Tea Trail, which ran for the week. We hid said Tiger in local independent shops and sent the children off on a Tiger Hunt. It’s important to support other indies and the town; little events such as these make it possible and we love them.

Also on 20th June, we hosted a free Tiger Tea Party for our younger visitors, with face painting, stories, a craft and cake (of course). The atmosphere in the shop was fantastic!



There was a lovely surprise visitor for us this morning; Erica, aka Bookshop Blogger popped in, secret-shopper stylee. It was great to meet someone who is so passionate about real bookshops and we hope that she’s delighted with her jolly good choice of book,

girlDo check out Erica’s blog, linked above. Erica also supported Wivenhoe Books, Caxton Books and Red Lion Books with cheery visits. Superb.

And we were visited by one of our favourite authors ever, J.D.Irwin, who was picking up some books for a school visit later in the week. For those of you that haven’t read Julie’s books yet, do! They are great.


We chose not to run any specific events during the week, sticking to our usual storytimes and rhtyhm & rhyme sessions. However, we made up for it today. Alex English came along this afternoon for a pirate party, in celebration of her new picture book ‘Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers’. Alex shared her book with the children, signed books and showed the children how to make their very own Captain Hook hooks. There was also face painting, cake (cake features heavily at Chicken and Frog) and a bit of colouring in too. Yaar!

IMG_1796Here’s a little selction of pics which sum up #IBW2015 for us.



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