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Books Are My Bag Readers Awards mural painted in Bristol


Bristol residents were treated to a live mural painting today, as two artists set to work to reveal the covers of the five books chosen by booksellers as their top Adult Fiction books of the year.

In a stunt to mark the shortlist announcement of the annual Books Are My Bag Readers Awards – the only UK book award curated by bookshops and chosen by readers, sponsored by National Book Tokens – the book jackets were hand-painted and graffitied onto the mural.

The mural will be on display in Old Market Roundabout, Lower Castle Street, Bristol until 18 October, inviting book lovers to have their say by voting for the book that should win this year’s coveted awards at

The 48-sheet mural has been created by Books Are My Bag – the annual campaign celebrating bookshops in the UK – National Book Tokens, and Jack Arts, the creative street advertising agency.

The winners in each of the seven Books Are My Bag Readers Awards categories will be announced in a free virtual ceremony hosted by celebrated food writer, Grace Dent, on 10 November.