Celebrate Independent Bookshop Week with independent publishers and events

Poet, Dean Wilson
Poet Dean Wilson is published by Wrecking Ball Press.

Hull’s Wrecking Ball Press is twinning with The Rabbit Hole, an independent bookshop in Brigg North Lincolnshire, to mark Independent Bookshop Week (20-27 June 2020).

It will be one of hundreds of initiatives and events taking place at independent bookshops across the UK to mark Independent Bookshop Week.

Independent Bookshop Week
Independent Bookshop Week 2020.

Independent Bookshop Week launched in 2006 and is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign run by the Booksellers Association. IBW is a celebration of independent bookshops nationwide, and the role ‘indies’ play in their communities. Last year, the number of independent bookshops in Booksellers Association membership grew to 890 shops, up from 883 in 2018.

Follow #indiebookshopweek / @booksaremybag to learn more about the campaign, or visit: indiebookshopweek.org.uk 

The Rabbit Hole has just reopened after three months and is looking forward to the week to continue promoting Diversity in Books and reading. Diverse Book Week started a run of events in June and working with schools and authors The Rabbit Hole will continue events throughout the summer. Authors like Richard O’ Neill, Onjali Rauf, Kathryn Evans Saviour Pirotta, Phil Earle, Katie Brosnan and up and coming local author/illustrator (Anna Terreros-Martin) Anna Doodles, all supported reading for pleasure events during “lockdown” reaching readers as far away as South Korea.

The Rabbit Hole will be working with Wrecking Ball Press based in Hull in their ongoing project to “Bridge the Gap” across the Humber Region. Working with publishers and independent groups and authors based in Hull, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and the many exciting and creative projects in the region.

Shane Rhodes, founder and editor of Wrecking Ball Press, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with The Rabbit Hole during Independent Bookshop Week. Books, reading, stories and poetry have never been more important than right now and independent bookshops are the lifeblood that give independent publishers like us the strength and power to get our books into the hands of readers.”


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About Wrecking Ball Press

Publishing house, est. 1997 in Hull and still here. Home to the bewildered. No flowers just blunt, hammered-home words.

Since 1997 Wrecking Ball Press has published high quality, cutting edge literature, building a national reputation that far exceeds its size. This is based on a commitment to connecting the most innovative and accessible novels and poetry with a readership not traditionally associated with literature. Wrecking Ball Press has a strong record of discovering exciting first time writers, many of whom have gone on to have further commercial and critical success with larger publishers.


During Independent Bookshop Week there will be some limited special events with schools, reading groups.

  • Special IBW editions of books
  • Special Offers through National Book Tokens
  • Special sign editions of books   

And hopefully much more in this very different Independent Bookshop Week adapted for current circumstances.

Website: Wrecking Ball Press

[Dave Windass – Wrecking Ball Press]