Building a Bookshop – Day 1

This looks like it was an interesting event in Oxford.

Byford's Books

On Saturday, 2nd April 2016, the 20th Oxford Literary Festival will begin! The festival is a rather big deal for the bookshop I work in, as we are responsible for supporting the 500 guest speakers by selling their books. This year the festival will host several well known names, including Sir Ian Mckellen, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Lauren Child, Chris Riddell, A. C. Grayling, Richard Dawkins, and Mary Beard. Many of the events will be hosted in the grand Sheldonian Theatre which lies directly across the street from Blackwell’s. Throughout the festival my fellow booksellers will operate several tables within the Sheldonian, unpacking, displaying, repacking and then repeating from event to event for a whole 9 days! It’s going to be a busy time for the staff of Blackwell’s Broad Street and the fleet of volunteers who will help keep everything running smoothly through the course of the festival (fingers-crossed). However…

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