Monday, 9 October 2017

Bookshop Day Haul and Books Are My Bag Giveaway!

So Saturday was Bookshop Day a day all book lovers head to their local bookshops to show them some love and of course buy some books! 

This day is run by the fabulous Books Are My Bag campaign-if you're not already following them on Twitter, you should do! I'm going to show you where I went and what I bought but first I wanted to tell you about the amazing competition that the Books Are My Bag campaign are running this year.

To celebrate selling 1 million Books Are My Bag tote bags, they are offering book lovers the prize bundle of a lifetime - £250 National Book Tokens, a Golden ticket to the Hay Festival, a picture signed by Quentin Blake, West End tickets… This is the most incredibly gift ever!

To enter, bookshop lovers just need to Tweet #OneInAMillion saying what their favourite bookshop is and why. 

People will have until 7th November to enter the competition, with the three lucky winners being revealed on 25th November. You can find the Bookseller Association, who run Books Are My Bag and Bookshop Day, on twitter @BAbooksellers

The #OneInAMillion Prize winner will take home:
·         An exclusive, one-off Orla Kiely leather bag
·         £250 in National Book Tokens
·         A golden ticket to Hay Festival
·         Afternoon Tea for Two at Claridges (Hachette)
·         London Zoo tickets and a copy of Zoo Quest (Hachette)
·         A limited-edition copy of Alan Bennett’s Keeping on Keeping On, RRP £200 (Faber)
·         A limited-edition print from Billy and the Minpins, signed by Quentin Blake (Puffin)
·         A special edition Handmaid’s Tale (Vintage)
·         A set of Vintage Classics Dickens (Vintage)
·         A signed Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World print by Kate Pankhurst (Bloomsbury)
·         A signed first-edition copy of Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst (Pan Macmillan)
·         A set of PanMacmillan70th Anniversary edition books (Pan Macmillan)
·         A pair of tickets to The Christmasaurus Live on Stage at the London Apollo (Penguin Random House) – any date between 20 – 28th December

Two runners up will also be in with the chance of winning the following fantastic prizes:

Second Prize
·         A signed copy of Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby, together with a bottle of Sipsmith gin (Hachette)
·         A copy of Nigella Lawson’s new cookbook, At My Table (Vintage)
·         A signed copy of The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein (Bloomsbury)
·         A signed copy of My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley (Bloomsbury)
·         A signed copy of Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
·         Subscription to the New Scientist magazine (Hachette)
·         Haunted House tour and a signed copy of Devil’s Day by Andrew Hurley (Hachette)
·         A mounted Emily Sutton print (Bloomsbury)
Third Prize
·         A copy of Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and a box set of Stephen King DVD’s (Hachette)
·         A signed copy of Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom by Monty Don (DK)
·         A copy of The Creakers by Tom Fletcher (Puffin)
·         A signed print of Oliver Jeffers’ new book Here We Are (Penguin Random House)
·         Perfectly Norman print by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury)

The competition marks the 1 millionth Books Are My Bag tote bag to be worn by the public, showing their support for bookshops in the UK & Ireland.

Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services at the Booksellers Association, said: “Reaching our one millionth supporter is a hugely exciting milestone, and we’re delighted to be able to show our thanks to bookshop lovers across the UK & Ireland with this fabulous prize. It is wonderful to see the book industry coming together to support bookshops with the amazing prizes they have donated. We wish everyone the best of luck, and look forward to hearing all about our supporters’ favourite bookshops!”

Bookshop lovers will have until 7th November to enter the competition, with the lucky winners being revealed on 25th November, when bookshops across the country will offer a Saturday Sanctuary as respite from the business of daily life.

Orla Kiely, said: “I am so happy to have collaborated with the Bookseller’s Association. As a great lover of books and bookshops, nothing gives me more pleasure than discovering a new book, whether it’s a beautiful edition on a new favourite photographer, a great novel or a rare out of print edition. There is nothing more relaxing, inspiring or stimulating than reading and losing oneself in another world. We should all take time to read and importantly, to encourage our children to love books.”

Now in its fifth year, the Books Are My Bag campaign highlights and celebrates the vital role of high street and campus bookshops. Over the last four years, a million people have worn a Books Are My Bag canvas bag in support of the campaign.

More details on Books Are My Bag 2017 will be unveiled in the coming weeks; keep an eye on for updates.

And here is my #OneInAMillion...So I visited Imagined Things Books in Harrogate, and if you haven't already visited, I would definitely recommend popping in, it is such a lovely shop and, as well as amazing books, they have a great range of bookish march and Jewellery to buy too!

I got myself one of the limited edition Orla Kiely tote bags...

As well as this fab Stephen King tote...

And a copy of the Wonder picture book We Are All Wonders by RJ Palacio

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