Pass the Bookplate

Pass the Bookplate

Pass the Bookplate

Tamsin Rosewell and SF Said have been working behind the scenes for a while now organising ‘Pass the Bookplate’.

With a lot of UK bookshops planning a partial open for the 15th of June this was planned as a way to support and get some more sales, at least during that first month.

SF Said has a post on his blog which I’ll quote part of:

So we’ve made a simple, low-cost plan that can happen fast! Tamsin Rosewell from Kenilworth Books has used their bookshop network to ask high profile authors to sign bundles of bookplates for independent bookshops. The last thing bookshops need right now is to have to take a risk on buying signed stock. If we can instead send them signed bookplates, bookshops can order what they need, when they need it, and sell these bookplated books in a steady stream.

If you’re a bookseller and you’d like to join in, let @IndieBookshopUK know – Stephen Baird has been helping us plan the simplest way to manage this. We’ll be dividing up the bookplates as fairly as possible and posting them out as they come in. Tamsin has envelopes and a whole load of large letter stamps to hand!

We’d love the help of other high profile authors who can help indies generate sales – so please contact us if you’d like to join in. You can email tamsinrosewell@btinternet.com or contact your publisher and ask for bookplates! Authors have used postcards and bookmarks too, so if you have anything like that to hand that can be signed, we’d love to use it! Publishers, if you’d also like to offer your support, please also email Tamsin.

And it’s as simple as that, if you’re a bookshop that would like to be involved please let me know and I’ll add you to the list, if you’re an author who would like to get involved please let Tamsin know.

Best of luck next week for everyone involved!


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Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham

Five Leaves Bookshop

Five Leaves Bookshop

14a Long Row
Nottingham
NG1 2DH

Website: http://fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FiveLeavesBookshop
Twitter: @FiveLeavesBooks
Telephone: 0115 8373097

One of the few independents to open in any UK city centre this century! Find us opposite Nottingham Tourism centre.

Five Leaves Bookshop stock is orientated towards independent presses, but we have a good representation of major publishing houses too. We like the reprint house Persephone, political publishers including Verso and Freedom, poetry publishers such as Carcanet and Bloodaxe, translation houses including Pierene and Pushkin Press, the landscape publisher Little Toller…

Our current best-selling sections include politics, landscape/cityscape, poetry and general fiction.

We ask all the bookshops to answer some questions from a selection and the bookshop chooses which to answer:

In their own words…

How did you come up with the name of your bookshop?

Five Leaves Bookshop

Five Leaves Bookshop

Five Leaves Bookshop began as the publisher, Five Leaves, in 1995 – the name was taken from my favourite album, Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake

Who are you? Owns the bookshop? Bit of a bio and pics, please

The bookshop is owned by Ross Bradshaw. Trained as a librarian and a community worker, he worked for 17 years in a previous Nottingham radical bookshop, Mushroom Bookshop, then as a secretary for a Labour MP and for ten years was Nottinghamshire County Council’s Literature Development Officer until the part time publishing “hobby” squeezed out the day job and became his living.

Do you mainly sell new or second-hand books?

New only

Do you think owning a bookshop has changed your life? How?

I opened the shop when I was 61, and it has given me lots of energy, focus and finally got me back into bookselling.

Describe your store in three words.

Independent, Radical, Literary

Where do you think the biggest change in book publishing will come from?

People leaving Amazon for ethical reasons, people supporting independent bookshops for the same reasons.

How do you reach potential readers/customers?

Word of mouth, email newsletter, social media, 100 events a year (normally)

How do you choose the books you stock?

I have a whim of Iron.

What is the best book-related gift you’ve ever received?

A first edition of Hosanna Man by Philip Callow, which was pulped for legal reasons with only a few surviving. It was not available for decades afterwards.


If you want to help and support this blog and my other projects (Indie Publishers and Big Bearded Bookseller) you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

If you can’t support with a monthly subscription a tip at my Ko-Fi is always appreciated, as is buying things from my Ko-Fi Shop.

You can always email me on contact@bigbeardedbookseller.com with any suggestions.