I've messaged the three of you, and once you send your addresses over I'll post them out.
For those who didn't win, you can track down copies of these books by clicking on the links above if you'd like to.
In other news, the new issue of The Rialto (#77) is out, with writing from Ruth Padel, Georges Szirtes, Luke Wright, Jane Griffiths,
Rebecca Perry, Hannah Lowe and many others. It's also got two new poems in by me: 'entomology' and 'the girl aquarium You can purchase a copy over here.
'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' is heading to Taiwan! It will be published in Chinese by Global Group Holdings Ltd, and will be available in Taiwan, Hong Kong S.A.R. and Macau S.A.R (though not mainland China). I'm rather excited about this! Not sure about illustrations or publication date, but will let you all know when I have more details.
I bring you a Bookshop Spotlight with a difference. Spellbound Children's Bookshop in the States are using crowdfunding to help their bookshop survive. This is their story. If you like it, please do share it to help them reach their goal by 15th May!
Over to Leslie!
"Spellbound Children's Bookshop, an independent bookshop just for kids in Asheville, North Carolina (US) has launched a crowd funding campaign on IndieGogo.
"Like most indie bookshops, Spellbound was hit hard by the recession. While many closed, we are grateful that we managed to survive by being adaptable--moving and downsizing to a smaller space to cut costs. However, it is time for us to grow back to full size so that we can better serve our community with a larger inventory and more room for events that connect kids with books and have made Spellbound a beloved community space for nearly a decade. We just need a little nudge financially to cover the costs of moving to a bigger space. When you contribute to Spellbound's campaign, you are investing in the culture of independent bookshops and the all too rare specialty of children's bookshops--and getting wonderful gifts in return!
"Please visit the campaign home page here to watch a super cute video starring some of our young customers, read more about our plans to expand space, inventory, and programming, and learn about all the cool, free gifts you'll earn for contributing--lots of free books, plus posters, t-shirts, a Spellbound Bookworm plush toy designed exclusively for this campaign, naming opportunities in the shop, and more. You can even earn a year's worth of free books just by sharing the campaign link and referring other funders! IndieGoGo is an international crowdfunding platform, and Spellbound is happy to ship contribution perks anywhere in the world.
"Here is a sketch illustrating what we envision for the new store space, including a separate event room that can be closed off for private birthday parties, baby showers, workshops, and more. When not in use for events, this room will house the large inventory of used and bargain books we plan to add, as well as lots of comfy seating.
"Our funding goal is $18,500 by May 15th, 2013. Beginning May 1st, the next $5,000 in contributions to our Indiegogo campaign will be matched by a generous customer. So, as soon as we hit the $6,670 mark we will receive an additional $5,000 toward our campaign goal!Any size contribution is helpful, especially if you share with your friends and community saying that you have contributed and ask them to consider contributing as well. Spreading the word is one of the easiest ways to help… lots and lots of small contributions are just as good as a handful of large ones. Better, even…it shows how much support there is out there for locally owned independent bookshops that support local communities economically and culturally.
Huge thanks to everyone who has already contributed, and please help us spread the word from now until May 15th!"
I'm really thrilled to be able to say that I've been awarded this year'sJane Martin Poetry Prize. It's an award from Girton College at Cambridge University, based on submissions of poetry portfolios. Mine included three poems: 'Swimmin,' 'Birdlasses' and 'small infinities.' You can read those poems over here.
I'll be at Girton College next Thursday (9th) for the prize-giving ceremony, where I'll be reading the poems. If you'd like to come along, details of that are over here.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xx
(PS. Tomorrow (Saturday 4th), I'll be at Waterstones in Salisbury signing copies of More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops 11am-2pm, if you're in the area and would like to say hello :) x).
writer and bookseller living in London. I'm the author of the 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series - the sequel 'More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' is out now. I'm also a published poet and short story writer. My poetry pamphlet 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto, and I'm currently writing my first novel. I'm represented by Charlie Campbell at Ed Victor Literary Agency.