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Street Art by Welsh Artists to Celebrate Bookshop Day Across Cardiff

03/10/2022
To mark this year’s Bookshop Day – the annual celebration of bookshops big and small across the UK and Ireland, taking place on Saturday 8 October – local artists Sophie Potter and Jack Skivens will be designing special street artworks across the city of Cardiff.
 
Starting from Monday 3 October, in the lead-up to Bookshop Day, bespoke murals depicting bookshops will be appearing in the streets of Cardiff, aimed at celebrating the city and its bookshops.
 
Welsh illustrator Jack Skivens, who lives in and is inspired by Wales, enjoys illustrating everything from children’s books to punk band artwork. Jack will be painting a mural on the six-row billboard space on Caroline Street in the city centre.
 
Meanwhile, Barry-based artist and illustrator Sophie Potter combines digital and traditional techniques to create playful artworks in bold colour palettes. She will be decorating the drum on Cowbridge Road East, on the same street as, and inspired by, the activist independent bookshop Shelf Life Books and Zines.

Both murals will be ready in time for Bookshop Day and will be on display until Sunday 16 October, encouraging consumers to choose bookshops on Bookshop Day and beyond.
 
Meanwhile, bookshops across Wales are getting ready to celebrate Bookshop Day with in-store and virtual events, including:
 
  • Bookish (Crickhowell) will hold a special event in partnership with The School of Life on Saturday 8 October. The event will be a guided discussion around their bestselling book What They Forgot To Teach You At School. Prompted by a structured series of questions, readers will be invited to open up about the life lessons they wish they’d been taught at school, and what a wiser, emotional education might comprise of. More info here.
  • Storyville Books (Pontypridd) will be celebrating Bookshop Day as well as the launch of their new extenstion on Saturdy 8 October with authors, goody bags, the creation station, storytelling, an illustration workshop and much more. More info here.
  • Waterstones Swansea presents a Bookshop Day event with Swansea’s own James Norbury, author of the Sunday Times Bestseller, Big Panda and Tiny Dragon, and the brand new The Journey. James will be illustrating postcards live in the shop, and signing his books – pop in to meet James, watch him at work (and, whilst stock lasts, pick up one of the postcards) and get your book signed and dedicated. More info here.
  • The Wellfield Bookshop (Cardiff) will be hosting an event with Matthew Williams on Bookshop Day at 3pm, where he’ll discuss The Science of Hate, explaining how prejudice becomes hate and what we can do to stop it, followed by a book signing. The event is free with tickets available at the bookshop.
 
Artist Sophie Potter said: “I'm thrilled to design this live mural celebrating an excellent local and independent bookshop, Shelf Life. It's a joy to get to create artwork about topics close to heart, and bookshops are a treasure trove for finding inspiration! I hope this artwork resonates with other booklovers and encourages everyone to go and explore their local bookshops on Bookshop Day and beyond.”
 
Artist Jack Skivens said: “‘I'm really excited to be involved with the Bookshop Day project. Bookshops have always been exciting and inspiring places for me. I love finding hidden gems and exploring the shelves while my imagination runs wild. Much of what I do as an illustrator has been inspired by illustrations in children's books and comic books from hours’ worth of exploring bookshops. I love that there's something for everyone in book shops and how that brings people together. I've tried to capture the exciting scenes in bookshops and some of the characters that can be found through their doors.”
 
Emma Bradshaw, Head of Campaigns at the BA, commented: “We’re really excited to be shining a spotlight on Cardiff and its bookshops as part of the celebrations for this year’s Bookshop Day. Sophie and Jack have been busy creating the most vibrant street art inspired by Cardiff’s bookshops and we can’t wait for everyone to see the murals when they are installed, just in time for Bookshop Day!”
 
Details of Bookshop Day events taking place in Wales and across the country can be found on the Books are My Bag Facebook events page.
 
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