Indies' evening at Burley Fisher

Jasmin Kirkbride
People - Bookselling 27 September 2016

Bookshop's Kickstarter campaign gets off to impressive start


Burley Fisher Books hosted yesterday (26 September) in East London an independent publishers' evening, with readings from Bluemoose, Dodo Ink and Repeater authors. (Continued below)



Carl Neville kicked off the night, reading from Resolution Way, published by Repeater. Dodo Ink author Sean Rabin followed, with two chapters from his freshly launched novel Wood Green. After a brief interval to fetch more wine, Bluemoose author Heidi James read a passage from Wounding, as well as a sneak-preview section of her next, as yet unpublished, novel.

Train delays meant that a fourth author was unable to join the group, but the audience made full use of the extra time with questions about the process of working with independent publishers and what keeps them writing. It turned out that, for all three, anger, rage and "bloody fury" were great inspirational tools.

As an example of the symbiosis between independent publishing and independent bookselling, Burley Fisher took a moment to promote its new Kickstarter campaign, which also launched yesterday. The bookshop is aiming to raise £7,500 to open a new events space in its basement. Last night proved the need for it: the room was bursting at the seams. The campaign is going strong, and Burley Fisher has raised its first £2,000 in under 24 hours.

To contribute to the Burley Fisher Kickstarter, visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/911378190/burley-fisher-books-events-to-keep-print-alive.

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