Books Are My Bag has teamed up with The Busking Project to launch The Bookshop Buskers.
The initiative will see buskers and street theatre bring “high streets to life” on Saturday 10th October as part of the industry-wide Books Are My Bag (BAMB) campaign. The partnership’s aim is to provide customers with a lively shopping experience and to remind them that high streets are dynamic social hubs that bring communities together.
The Bookshop Buskers’ performances will coincide with Big Bookshop Parties held by booksellers across the country on 10th October, two days after the biggest day in the publishing calendar, Super Thursday (8th October). Big Bookshop Parties are held as part of the BAMB campaign, and buskers and street performers will sport BAMB T-shirts and tote bags on the day. Nick Broad, founder of The Busking Project, which describes itself as “the world’s largest community of street performers”, said: “Bookshops and buskers have a common goal: to create communities and a culture of togetherness in our town centres. They are a natural fit, and I’m thrilled to be able to help connect the two.”
Alan Staton, head of marketing at the Booksellers Association, added: “Books Are My Bag is all about the vibrancy of the high street, and the wonderful array of buskers that are lined up to celebrate Books Are My Bag will bring street theatre to the Big Bookshop Party.”
Bookshop Buskers Jules Phoenix and Remi F will entertain shoppers at Dulwich Books in south London with a unique fusion of rock, blues, reggae, ska and punk, drawing on influences ranging across latin and afrobeat music.
Also busking in Dulwich at The Village Bookshop is Nigel Thomas, a full-time busker and a self-confessed bookaholic, who has written a song about a book, entitled “Anne”, a dedication to Anne Frank. In Banbury, musical saw player Caroline Watsham will welcome shoppers to Books & Ink Bookshop. At The Edinburgh Bookshop, 13-year-old City of Edinburgh Music School pupil Saskia Eng will be the bookshop’s busker for the day.
Other participating bookshops include Cogito Books (in Hexham), Argyll Book Centre (Argyll & Bute), Atkinson-Pryce Books (south Lancashire), Blackwell’s Academic Bookshop (Hampshire), The Bakewell Book & Gift Shop (Derbyshire), Looking Glass Books (Edinburgh) and Jaffé & Neale Bookshop & Café (Chipping Norton).
Bookshops interested in the scheme are being encouraged to visit www.busk. co to find their local buskers; buskers can register interest using the Find Your Local Bookshop button at booksaremybag.com/bookshops.