Indie publishers and Burley Fisher Bookshop in Hackney, east London have raised £932 for local charity North London Action for the Homeless, with plans for future benefits.
Burley Fisher bookshop and Influx Press hosted the inugural Book Benefit for the Homeless fundraiser on Wednesday night, with support from Granta, Canongate, Atlantic, Jacaranda, Peninsula, OWNIT!, Open Pen, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Verso, and Five Points Brewery.
At a packed out event, readers were able to buy books donated from Granta, Canongate, Atlantic, Fitzcarraldo, Verso, OWNIT!, Jacaranda, Peninsula, Open Pen and Influx Press at 50% off RRP, and buy drinks donated from Five Points Brewery.
Ashley Hickson-Lovence and Tahmima Anam read their work to the audience
Tahmima Anam, Wayne Holloway, Ashley Hickson-Lovence and women’s prize shortlisted Meena Kandasamy all read from their work. Michael Ellman, founder of NLAH, spoke about the pressures homeless charities are under due to austerity, having seen the number of people come to the NLAH soup kitchen quadruple over recent years.
Host Kit Caless from Influx Press said: “It’s important for me to show how the publishing industry can affect change outside of its usual impact areas like literacy and libraries. Hopefully tonight will be a catalyst for other events like this around London, enabling publishers, authors, readers and bookshops to come together and help those living on the streets in their communities.”
The next Book Benefit for the Homeless will be in Newham, hosted by Open Pen.
Author Meena Kandasamy and NLAH founder Michael Ellman also spoke at the event