Six bookshops win cash prizes for community outreach projects
Pan Macmillan has unveiled the winners of its Independent Bookshop Innovation Award, part of its Macmillan 175 celebrations. The booksellers each receiving £1,750 towards 'a new and innovative project in their store, with projects focusing around community outreach or supporting new readers particularly encouraged'.
The winners were announced last night by Pan Mac md Anthony Forbes Watson at a dinner in Birmingham, held after yesterday's Booksellers Association conference.
The awards were judged by Sarah Clarke (high street sales director), Richard Green (field sales manager) and the executive team for Macmillan, who include Anthony Forbes Watson, Sara Lloyd, Anna Bond and Belinda Rasmussen.
Forbes Watson said: "In between frequent episodes of getting lost around the country I met some wonderful independent booksellers, each of whom came up with a different brilliant idea to bind their business more closely into their community. Aided by my colleague Keren's sense of direction and rigorous scoring system, we managed to find a worthy winner but my lasting impression is of them as burning beacons, illuminating and communicating the joy of books and reading, across the land. Thank goodness for independent booksellers!"
The winning bookshops are:
Scotland Far From the Madding Crowd, Linlithgow
The North Imagined Things, Harrogate
Wales, West Midlands and South West Hunting Raven, Frome (pictured)
South East, South London, East Anglia Moon Lane Ink, South London
Central and Eastern England Mostly Books, Abingdon
Central London Newham Bookshop, East London