Well done Hayling Island Bookshop

Congratulations to The Hayling Island Bookshop, my local independent bookshop, which has been voted by the Academy of British Book Awards as one of the UK’s best independent bookshops.

The store is the South Region winner to go forward to the shortlist for the prestigious Independent Bookshop of the Year Award. Bookshop Owner, Marie Telford is thrilled to be on the shortlist for a “Nibbie”.

The bookshop runs a range of book events working in partnership with different organisations including the Portsmouth Schools Library Service and the Hampshire Public Library Service. In 2008 the shop supported events for over 3000 people with authors including yours truly, Terry Pratchett, Anne Widdecombe, Ian Whybrow, Kate Mosse and Derek Landy.

Marie Telford and her husband Colin are also very active in my local community sponsoring and organising the Hayling Island Scarecrow Festival. Well done and best of luck in the finals, which are tonight. Fingers crossed.


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