James Patterson Final Tranche Funding Announced

Bestselling author and bookshop devotee James Patterson has announced that a further 62 successful independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland have been granted funds following the final phase from the James Patterson Independent bookshop fund initiative.
Since the first round of applications in September 2014, this fourth announcement takes the total allocated by James up to £500,000 across 272 grants to independent bookshops.
Following his exceptional ongoing support and generosity to the book trade, Patterson was honoured with the 2016 Outstanding Contribution to the Book Industry at The British Book Industry Awards earlier this week. The first ever author to receive this accolade.
This round of applications will see grants used to fund everything from author events, to children’s reading challenge, refurbishment and redesign of children’s sections, creation of storytelling spaces and new signage, carpeting and flooring.
Any independent bookshop with a dedicated children’s book section was eligible for a grant of between £250 and £5,000.  Patterson is committed to bringing attention to the important contributions of independent bookshops and he is especially concerned with inspiring children to become lifelong readers.
Tim Godfray from The Booksellers Association, says: “Usually, a number of candidates are reviewed by the Booksellers Association’s members each year when considering who is best to win its Outstanding Contribution to the Book Industry Award.  But this year, there was no debate.  One person stood head and shoulders above everyone else.  With James’ help, we have allowed independent booksellers to be innovative and creative in reaching children through the bookshop.  Furthermore, he has encouraged booksellers to create new children’s sections, supported ‘Books Are My Bag’ through the provision of the Middle School children’s bag in 2014, establishing a tradition that has continued since, and  supported school libraries through World Book Day and the WoBoD Award; donating another £50,000 over two years - given directly to support the winning schools.”

Rosamund de la Hey, President of The Booksellers Association, says: “I think it’s fair to say that no author has done more to support the cause of independent booksellers than James Patterson. James’ support and faith in us goes way beyond the financial.  He has given us the courage to try new ideas, to drive sales and put books into the hands of our favourite customers, children, in ever greater numbers. There is a wonderful collaborative spirit between indie booksellers.  James’ huge generosity tapped into this and gave us the energy, courage and confidence to get these many and various projects off the ground  and to help us shout ever louder about how much we love children’s books.”
James Patterson says“I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many independent bookshops have applied for grants again this year, and yet again have been impressed and enthused by the creativity of booksellers. I am extremely proud and honoured to accept the Outstanding Contribution to the Book Industry Award.”
The 62 independent bookshops to be allocated grants include:
Blessington Bookstore Blessington, Ireland
Deeside Books Ballater
Rogans Books Bedford
Wardle & Jones Scarborough
Regency Bookshop Surbiton
Bookshop Kibworth Kibworth
Stoke Newington Bookshop London
Book Nook Hove
Sevenoaks Bookshop Sevenoaks
Falmouth Bookseller Falmouth
Just Books Hebden Bridge
St Ives Bookseller St Ives
Westbourne Bookshop Westbourne
Bakewell Bookshop Bakewell
Books Plus Cardiff
Crediton Community Bookshop Crediton
Village Bookshop Dulwich, London
City Books Hove
Vibes & Scribes Cork, Ireland
Pea Green Boat  London
Ebb & Flo Chorley
Fred Holdsworth Bookshop Ambleside
Haslemere Bookshop Haslemere
Kenilworth Books Kenilworth
Hedgehog Penrith
Forum Books Kids Corbridge
Drake the Bookshop Stockton on Tees
Ilfracombe Bookshop Ilfracombe
Michaels Bookshop Ramsgate
Edinburgh Bookshop Edinburgh
Barnards Bookshop Uxbridge
Browsers Bookshop Woodbridge
Chepstow Bookshop Chepstow
Mainstreet Trading Company St Boswells
Review Bookshop Peckham, London
Rocket Science Brighton
Pages of Hackney London
Far From the Madding Crowd Linlithgow
Paragon Books Sidmouth
Little Mouse Books Maidstone
Bookhive Norwich
Burway Books Church Stretton
Cogito Books Hexham
Moffat Bookshop Moffat
Newcastle West Bookshop  
Lahinch Bookshop Lahinch, Ireland
Argyll Book Centre Lochgilphead
Stone House Books Kilkenny, Ireland
Bookmark Grantown on Spey
Art & Artisan Bishops Castle
Children's Bookshop Huddersfield
Grove Bookshop Ilkely
Atkinson Pryce Biggar
Bookstore Brierlow Buxton
Gerrards Cross Bookshop Gerrards Cross
Hungerford Bookshop Hungerford
Midleton Books Midleton, Ireland
Quayside Books Teignmouth
Sarum College Bookshop Salisbury
Nairn Bookshop Nairn
Ottie & The Bea London
Carrigaline Bookshop Carrigaline, Ireland
Edge of the World Bookshop Penzance

Third Round Booksellers
The independent bookshps allocated grants in the third round earlier this year were:
  • The Alligator’s Mouth, Richmond, England
  • Argyll Book Centre, Lochgilphead, Scotland
  • Bag of Books, Lewes, England
  • Blackbird Books, Navan, Ireland
  • Booka Bookshop, Oswestry, England
  • The Bookcase, Lowdham, England
  • Book-ish Bookshop, Crickhowell, Wales
  • The Book Nook, Hove, England
  • The Bookshop Alderney, Alderney, England
  • The Bookshop Kibworthm, Kibworth, England
  • The Book Shop Liskeard, Liskeard, England
  • The Bookshop Mold, Mold, Wales
  • Book Stop Tavistock, Tavistock, England
  • Bookstor, Kinsale, Ireland
  • The Book Well, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Bookworm, Retford, England
  • Bookworm, Thurles, Ireland
  • The Bookworm at Selkirk, Selkirk, Scotland
  • Bridge Bookshop,  Port Erin, Isle of Man
  • Carrigaline Bookshop, Carrigaline, Ireland
  • Chicken & Frog Bookshop,  Brentwood, England
  • Christian Bookshop Ossett, Ossett, England
  • Dartmouth Bookseller, Dartmouth, England
  • Deeside Books, Ballater, Scotland
  • Dulwich Books, London, England
  • The Edge of the World Bookshop, Penzance, England
  • The Ennis Bookshop, Ennis, Ireland
  • Far From the Madding Crowd, Linlithgow, Scotland
  • Farrell & Nephew, Newbridge, Ireland
  • Fleetwood Books,  Fleetwood, England
  • Gullivers Bookshop, Westbourne, England
  • The Hours Cafe & Bookshop, Brecon, Wales
  • Hunting Raven Books, Frome, England
  • The Ironbridge Book Shop, Ironbridge, England
  • Kenilworth Books, Kenilworth, England
  • Kett’s Books, Wymondham, Englamd
  • Kirkdale Bookshop, Sydenham, England
  • Linghams Booksellers, Heswall, England
  • The Little Apple Bookshop, York, England
  • The Little Ripon Bookshop, Ripon, England
  • Manna Christian Bookshop, Streatham, England
  • The Nairn Bookshop, Nairn, Scotland
  • The Nenagh Bookshop, Nenagh, Ireland
  • The New Bookshop, Cockermouth, England
  • Newcastle West Bookstore, Newcastle West, Ireland
  • Newsround, Longford, Ireland
  • Orb’s Bookshop, Huntly, Scotland
  • Pages of Hackney, London, England
  • Pengwern Books, Shrewsbury, England
  • The Petworth Bookshop, Petworth, England
  • Plackett & Booth Booksellers, Lytham, England
  • Quayside BookshopTeignmouth, England
  • Red Lion Books, Colchester, England
  • Roe River BooksDundalk, Ireland
  • Sheelagh na Gig Book StoreCloughjordan, Ireland
  • The Shetland Times Bookshop,  Lerwick, Scotland
  • Simply BooksBramhall, England
  • Skippy in the Well, Garstang, England
  • Stone House BooksKilkenny, Ireland
  • Stroud Bookshop, Stroud, England
  • The Suffolk AnthologyCheltenham, England
  • Unicorn Tree Books, Lincoln, England
  • Victoria Bookshop,  Haverfordwest, Wales
  • Village BookshopMoycullen, Ireland
  • Warwick BooksWarwick, England
  • The Wellfield BookshopCardiff, Wales
  • White Rose Books, Thirsk, England
  • Winstone BooksSidmouth, England
  • Write Blend, Liverpool, England
The independent bookshops to be allocated grants in the second round were:
  • A Bundle of Books, Herne Bay       
  • Aardvark Books, Bucknell
  • Alison’s Bookshop, Tewkesbury
  • Bay Tree, Glossop
  • The Book Fayre, Woodhall Spa
  • The Book Nook, Hove
  • The Bookcase, Hebden Bridge
  • Bookends, Carlisle
  • Bookseller Crow on the Hill, Crystal Palace, London
  • The Bookshop, Loughton
  • The Bookshop Kibworth, Kibworth
  • Bookworm Bookshop, Thurles
  • Brendon Books, Taunton
  • Carrigaline Bookshop, Carrigaline
  • Castle Hill Bookshop, Richmond
  • Caxton Books & Gallery, Frinton-on-Sea
  • Chapter One, Woodley
  • The Children's Bookshop, Huddersfield
  • Choice Words, Plymouth
  • Chorleywood Bookshop, Chorleywood
  • Christian Books, Dunstable
  • The Cobham Bookshop, Cobham
  • The Corsham Bookshop, Corsham
  • Crannog Bookshop, Cavan
  • Deeside Books, Ballater
  • A Festival of Books, Chipping Campden
  • Forum Books, Corbridge
  • Gerrards Cross Bookshop, Gerrards Cross
  • Griffin Books, Penarth
  • Grove Bookshop, Ilkley
  • Gullivers Bookshop, Wimborne
  • Hinton’s of Conwy, Conwy
  • Ilfracombe Bookshop, Ilfracombe
  • Kenilworth Books, Kenilworth
  • Liber Bookshop, Sligo
  • Linghams Booksellers,  Heswall
  • Liskeard Book Shop, Liskeard
  • Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh
  • Lutyens & Rubinstein, Kensington, London
  • Mainstreet Trading Company, St Boswells
  • Melton Bookshop, Melton Mowbray
  • The Mint House Shop, Hustpierpoint
  • Mostly Books, Abingdon
  • Mr B's Emporium, Bath
  • News from Nowhere Bookshop, Liverpool
  • Nutshell Studios, Billericay
  • Old Hall Bookshop, Brackley
  • Oswald Street Bookshop, Glasgow
  • Palas Print, Caernarfon
  • Philips Bookshop, Mallow
  • Pickled Pepper Books, Crouch End, London
  • Print Point, Isle of Bute
  • Raven Books, Blackrock
  • Review Bookshop, Peckham, London
  • Rickaro Books, Horbury
  • Rossiter Books, Monmouth & Ross-on-Wye
  • Seven Stories, Newcastle
  • Steyning Bookshop, Steyning
  • Stroud Bookshop, Stroud
  • The Ullapool Bookshop, Ullapool
  • University Bookseller, Plymouth
  • Urmston Books, Urmston
  • The Village Bookshop, Terenure
  • Wenlock Books, Much Wenlock
  • Wivenhoe Bookshop, Wivenhoe
  • The Woodstock Bookshop, Woodstock
  • Wymondham Community Bookshop, Wymondham
  • The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Nailsworth
See below a video of James Announcing his first phase of funding in 2014:

The first announcement was made on the eve of Independent Booksellers Week (28 June-5 July).

James Patterson says:
Far too many children are in danger of living their lives without books. This runs the risk of living in a world run by the shortsighted, by the empathy-challenged, and by the glib. Bookshops are the most viable bulwark against this and I need to be part of the fight to ensure their survival.  In the US, I have worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference, and bookshops that were already doing good work.  I have been inspired, moved and delighted by the innovative proposals I have received over the last year. I can’t wait to get started and see what the UK and Ireland’s incredible and pioneering bookshops propose. ”

Below you can see the list of the 2014 bookshops to have received the first grant: 
  • Barnett’s of Wadhurst, Stonegate
  • Barton’s Bookshop, Leatherhead
  • Bell Bookshop, Henley-on-Thames
  • Big Green Bookshop, London
  • Blandford Books, Broadway
  • Bloom and Currl, Bristol
  • Book and Kitchen, London
  • Book House, Thame
  • Bookcase, Nottingham
  • Book-ish, Crickhowell
  • Bookpoint,  Dunoon
  • Books & Ink Bookshop, Banbury
  • Books@Hoddesdon, Hoddesdon
  • Burrows Bookshop, Ely
  • Celtic House, Bowmore
  • Chepstow Bookshop, Chepstow
  • Chorlton Bookshop, Manchester
  • Clitheroe Books, Clitheroe
  • Cole’s Books, Bicester
  • Crediton Community Bookshop, Crediton
  • Dartmouth Commubnity Bookshop, Dartmouth
  • David’s Bookshop, Letchworth
  • Ebb & Flo Bookshop, Chorley
  • Ennis Bookshop, Ennis
  • Epping Bookshop, Epping
  • Far From the Madding Crowd, Linlithgow
  • Fitz-Gerald’s Bookshop, Macroom
  • Fordingbridge Bookshop, Fordingbridge
  • Forest Bookshop, Coleford
  • Forget-Me-Not, Culceth
  • Forum Books Kids, Corbridge
  • Gerrards Cross Bookshop, Gerrards Cross
  • GLO Bookshop,  Motherwell
  • Grove Bookshop, Ilkley
  • Guisborough Bookshop, Guisborough
  • Gutter Bookshop Ltd, Dublin 8
  • Harbour Bookshop, Kingsbridge
  • Horizons Bookshop, Burnham
  • Hunting Raven Books, Frome
  • Jacqson Diego Story Emporium, Westcliff on Sea
  • Jaffe and Neale, Chipping Norton
  • Kemptown Books, Brighton
  • Kett’s Books, Wymondham
  • Kirkdale Bookshop, London
  • Leaf, Hertford
  • Ledbury Books and Maps, Ledbury
  • Lindum Books ,Lincoln
  • Little Ripon Bookshop, Ripon
  • Mostly Books, Abingdon
  • Nenagh Bookshop, Nenagh
  • New Hedgehog Bookshop, Penrith
  • Newham Bookshop, London
  • Niche Comics and Bookshop,  Huntingdon
  • Octavia’s Bookshop, Circencester
  • Pages of Hackney, London
  • Pritchards, Crosby
  • Rathfarnham Bookshop, Rathfarnham
  • Red Lion Books, Colchester
  • Rhyme & Reason Bookshop, Sheffield
  • Scarthin Books of Cromford, Cromford
  • Seaways Bookshop, Fishguard
  • Siop Cwlwm, Oswestry
  • Storytellers Inc, St Annes on Sea
  • Swan Books, Upminster
  • Tales on Moon Lane, London
  • The Bookshop, Kibworth
  • Torbay Bookshop, Paington
  • Totnes Bookshop, Totnes
  • Wallingford Bookshop, Wallingford
  • Walter Henry’s Bookshop, Bideford
  • Wenlock Books, Much Wenlock
  • Whitby Books, Whitby
  • Word Power Books, Edinburgh

Here too is some press coverage from the announcement of the grants in the UK:

  •  BBC NEWS AT FIVE, BBC NEWS 24 25/06/2014
  • BBC ONLINE, 25/06/2014
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047bvw4 (listen at 1hr 6 minutes)
  •  FRONT ROW, BBC RADIO 4, 25/06/2014
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047bzls (listen at start and again at 6 minutes)
  • 6 O’CLOCK NEWS, BBC RADIO 4, 25/06/2014
The announcement was covered on BBC Radio’s 4’s 6 o’clock with a report from their arts correspondant.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047708f (listen at 25 minutes)
  • IN TUNE, BBC RADIO 3, 25/06/2014
Mentioned in the new bulletin.
  • BBC RADIO BERKSHIRE, 25/06/2014
The announcement was covered in their news programme
The donation was discussed on the programme
  •  THE WRIGHT STUFF, CHANNEL 5, 26/06/2014
The donation was mentioned on the programme
  • GUARDIAN ONLINE 1ST INT, 25/06/2014
  •  TELEGRAPH ONLINE, 25/06/2014
  • MAIL ONLINE, 25/06/2014
  • THE BOOKSELLER, 25/06/2014
  • AOL., 26/06/2014
  • BOOK MACHINE.ORG, 25/06/2014

Letter to UK & Irish Booksellers from James Patterson 
June 2014
Dear Bookseller,
You may have heard about my pledge to donate £250,000 to independent bookshops in the UK over the next year. If you haven’t, here it is, and here is why I’m making the pledge, and asking you how I can help.
I believe we’re at a pivotal moment in our history, when far too many children—the future stewards of our society—are at risk of living lives without books. To my mind, this translates to a risk of living in a world run by the shortsighted, by the empathy-challenged, and by the glib.
It is as grave a peril as I can imagine.

And what is our most viable bulwark against it? And who is manning it? As far as I’m concerned, it’s you and your bookstore.

But making the pledge was the easy part. Now I have the somewhat tricky task of deciding which shops to support and how much to give each. I’m looking for viable stores with a children’s book section—to my mind, we’ve got to get kids reading, no way around it. I’m looking for stores that are already making a difference in their communities, but that could use some help to do even better.

If that sounds like your store, please get back to me. Please write me a short—500 words at most—explanation of how you would use £250–£5,000.  I’m open to all types of request here—from a spot bonus for a valued employee to a fixed computer system or a project you’re undertaking in the wider community to spread excitement about books and reading.  Please submit your request to me at the following email address: james.patterson@booksellers.org.uk

I’ll be reading your reply and hopefully getting back to you in the next month or so.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you for all your good work.

Yours in books and reading,

Jim Patterson

Press Coverage  
For a roundup of US press coverage, and some of the ideas US booksellers applied for, see below:

UK National Media Coverage  US National & Local Media Coverage