Patterson to donate again to indies

Patterson to donate again to indies

Author James Patterson is to donate a further £250,000 to indie bookshops in the UK and Ireland, bringing his total donation up to half a million pounds.

More than £130,000 has already been allocated to 73 bookshops across the UK and Ireland from Patterson's first donation, and in a second round of funding the remaining £120,000 has now been allocated to a further 68 bookshops, whose names were announced today.

Bookshops getting the money today will fund ventures ranging from refurbishment and expansion of children’s sections, to organising a bedtime reading project and pyjama day, to creating a mobile ‘book bus’.

Any independent bookshop with a dedicated children’s book section was eligible for a grant of between £250 and £5,000. 

Bookshops will now be apply to apply for the additional £250,000 Patterson has donated.

The author said: “I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many people have applied for the grants second time round, and yet again have been impressed and enthused by the calibre of the applications. It’s been very exciting to see the ideas from the first round in action.  I have again worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference and I’m excited to follow their progress.  I can’t wait to see what the UK and Ireland’s incredible and pioneering bookshops propose for next year.”

Eligible bookshops can apply for a grant via the Booksellers Association website.

Tim Walker, President of The Booksellers Association, said: “We are very much looking forward to seeing the grant funding being implemented by the successful bookshops.  We are thrilled that so many UK and Irish indies have shown such creativity and passion in their applications.  For the lucky shops, the James Patterson money will make a real difference to how they reach children and encourage them to read.  The announcement of a further donation of £250,000 is fantastic news for bookshops and anyone who loves reading. We are delighted that James Patterson is continuing to act on his love of bookshops and his appreciation of their vital importance to cultural and community life.”

In a similar initiative in the US in 2013, Patterson pledged $1m.

The independent bookshops to be allocated grants in the second round are:

A Bundle of Books, Herne Bay 
Aardvark Books, Bucknell
Alison’s Bookshop, Tewkesbury
Bay Tree, Glossop
The Book Fayre, Woodhall Spa
The Book Nook, Hove
The Bookcase, Hebden Bridge
Bookends, Carlisle
Bookseller Crow on the Hill, Crystal Palace, London
The Bookshop, Loughton
The Bookshop Kibworth, Kibworth
Bookworm Bookshop, Thurles
Brendon Books, Taunton
Carrigaline Bookshop, Carrigaline
Castle Hill Bookshop, Richmond
Caxton Books & Gallery, Frinton-on-Sea
Chapter One, Woodley
The Children's Bookshop, Huddersfield
Choice Words, Plymouth
Chorleywood Bookshop, Chorleywood
Christian Books, Dunstable
The Cobham Bookshop, Cobham
The Corsham Bookshop, Corsham
Crannog Bookshop, Cavan
Deeside Books, Ballater
A Festival of Books, Chipping Campden
Forum Books, Corbridge
Gerrards Cross Bookshop, Gerrards Cross
Griffin Books, Penarth
Grove Bookshop, Ilkley
Gullivers Bookshop, Wimborne
Hinton’s of Conwy, Conwy
Ilfracombe Bookshop, Ilfracombe
Kenilworth Books, Kenilworth
Liber Bookshop, Sligo
Linghams Booksellers, Heswall
Liskeard Book Shop, Liskeard
Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh
Lutyens & Rubinstein, Kensington, London
Mainstreet Trading Company, St Boswells
Melton Bookshop, Melton Mowbray
The Mint House Shop, Hustpierpoint
Mostly Books, Abingdon
Mr B's Emporium, Bath
News from Nowhere Bookshop, Liverpool
Nutshell Studios, Billericay
Old Hall Bookshop, Brackley
Oswald Street Bookshop, Glasgow
Palas Print, Caernarfon
Philips Bookshop, Mallow
Pickled Pepper Books, Crouch End, London
Print Point, Isle of Bute
Raven Books, Blackrock
Review Bookshop, Peckham, London
Rickaro Books, Horbury
Rossiter Books, Monmouth & Ross-on-Wye
Seven Stories, Newcastle
Steyning Bookshop, Steyning
Stroud Bookshop, Stroud
The Ullapool Bookshop, Ullapool
University Bookseller, Plymouth
Urmston Books, Urmston
The Village Bookshop, Terenure
Wenlock Books, Much Wenlock
Wivenhoe Bookshop, Wivenhoe
The Woodstock Bookshop, Woodstock
Wymondham Community Bookshop, Wymondham
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Nailsworth