A little slice of Reykjavik is about to land in Much Wenlock, Shropshire to celebrate the towns’ award winning bookshop, Wenlock Books, as part of national campaign ‘Books Are My Bag’ to promote independent bookshops. I’ve teamed up with an acclaimed composer (and a friend of mine) to provide a day of music and excitement at the bookshop.
On Saturday 11th October, I’ve promised book signings of Iceland, Defrosted, a chance to sample Icelandic delicacies and a few surprises.
In addition, local artist Tiny Leaves will be performing a short set. Tiny Leaves is the music of composer Joel Nathaniel Pike. Pike began developing his solo indie-classical music whilst in other bands and launched his first EP in 2012.
His debut album ‘A Good Land, An Excellent Land’ was released to critical acclaim in June 2013. The album evokes a journey, and is at times sensitive, delicate and intense. It is led mostly by piano, while strings and guitars weave in and out of the melody, complementing its sound. Tracks from the album were featured by BBC6Music, with special attention as their ‘headphones moment’ on Lauren Laverne’s show and again as their MPFree.
BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. This collaboration between publishers, bookshops and authors and is the biggest ever promotion of bookshops. For many people bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. In fact, 56% of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers. Yet, many high street bookshops are under threat.
Free entry. Starts at 11am (bookshop open all day).