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9 of the best indies to support this Independent Bookshop Week

9 of the best indies to support this Independent Bookshop Week
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June 2021
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This year, Independent Bookshop week takes place from 19th–26th June

Whether you visit one of the shops, buy some books online, or join one of the many author-illustrator events happening over the week, it’s time to celebrate our favourite books and the shops that supply them.
Independent bookshop week

Keel Row Books 

With more than 40 years of book selling under its belt, Keel Row Books in North Shields is one of the North East’s leading specialist bookshops, known for its rare collections, fine first editions and quality collectables. With genuine passion for books, expert guidance on selling, and appraising of maps, prints and more, Keel Row is a great place to support during Independent Bookshop Week. 

11 Fenwick Terrace, North Shields NE29 0LU 

0191 296 0664 keelrowbooks.com 


Drake The Bookshop 

With a sense of community at the heart of all they do, Drake The Bookshop have reopened their doors to the public to offer not only great books, but takeaway coffee too. With multiple book groups taking place each week, from teen readers to young bookworms, and adult sessions too, Drake The Bookshop has something for every keen reader. 

27 Silver Street, Stockton on Tees TS18 2SX 

01642 909970 drakethebookshop.co.uk 


Barter Books

Famed throughout the North East for its quirky feel and warm and charming atmosphere, Barter Books offers something for everyone. It is home to one of the largest second-hand book collections in Britain, with a range of categories from history to gardening, and children’s books to medicine and law topics. Look out for the room lined with glass cases filled with interesting antiquarian books. 

Alnwick Station, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2NP 

01665 604888 barterbooks.co.uk


Forum Books and The Bound 

You’ll will find Forum Books inside a repurposed chapel in Corbridge. A selection of handpicked, eclectic and interesting books have all been chosen to appear on the shelves of this independent bookstore. Stocking the latest fiction and non-fiction novels, as well as local maps and guides, it’s no wonder this indie is award-winning. New opened sister bookshop, The Bound, is now open in Whitely Bay too.

The Chapel, Market Place, Corbridge NE45 5AW 

01434 632931 

82a Park View, Whitely Bay NE26 2TH 

0191 4221017 

forumbooksshop.com 


Book Corner 

Specialising in contemporary fiction for adults and children alike, Book Corner in Saltburn offers a unique selection. Look out for both paper and hardback new releases, as well as some exciting novels in the bargain books section. 

24 Milton Street, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1DG 

01287 348010 bookcornershop.co.uk 


Imagined Things 

Located in the heart of Harrogate, Imagined Things is a proudly independent store that offers a wide range of books varying in genre and age range. Browse the vast collections and pick up a brand new novel this Independent Bookshop Week, or head to the signing session with author Julia Chapman, writer of the Dales Detective Mystery series, hosted in-store on Tuesday 22nd June.

4 Westminster Arcade, Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2RN 

01423 391301 imaginedthings.co.uk 


Rhyme and Reason 

This Sheffield-based indie is small in size, but mighty in knowledge. The staff at Rhyme and Reason have generous amounts of recommendations to offer if you're looking for some inspiration, or ask to order a specific book for no extra charge – just make sure it’s still in print! This independent bookstore specialises in children’s books and poetry too.

681 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8TG 

0114 266 1950 rhymeandreasonbooks.wordpress.com 

independent bookshop week

Castle Hill Bookshop

Based in the Dales town of Richmond, Castle Hill Bookshop have been serving book lovers from their independent store for more than 35 years. Familiar faces Liz, Angie, Carol and Stuart are all on hand to recommend their current favourite books, and to offer useful suggestions when choosing from the extensive range of fiction, poetry and biographies. Castle Hill Bookshop is currently stocking signed copies of the Biography of A Royal Portrait Painter by Charles Willis. 

1B Castle Hill, Richmond DL10 4QP 

01748 824243 castlehillbookshop.co.uk 


Children’s Bookshop

An independent bookshop dedicated to providing imaginative and inventive books for little readers around the area. Whether your child is just beginning to read their first words, or you have a more voracious reader in your household, Children’s Bookshop in Huddersfield have you covered. For Independent Bookshop Week, best-selling author and illustrator Jessica Love will be the star of the show which is going to be held virtually on 22nd June. Join Jessica as she talks through her books, Julian is a Mermaid and Julian at the Wedding.

37–39 Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield HD3 3JF

01484 658013 childrensbookshuddersfield.co.uk

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