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Meet Holly Bourne on the How Hard Can Love Be? tour

To celebrate the release of How Hard Can Love Be? Holly will be touring the UK and Ireland and she wants to meet YOU.

All public events are listed here, with more to be added soon, so stay tuned!

SPINSTER SUNDAY with Holly Bourne

Sunday 7th February, from 1pm at St Annes Place, Lytham St Annes

An afternoon of events to
celebrate friendship, feminism and frankly brilliant books. Hosted by Storytellers Inc this empowering
afternoon is sure to pass the Bechdel test with a fantastic line-up of current
teen/YA authors including Non Pratt, Keris Stainton, Sara Barnard, Natasha Farrant and Jenny Maclachan.


Thursday 11th February, 6pm at Easons O’Connell Street, Dublin

Join Holly for an evening of book chat, a reading and Q&A plus lots of other fun activities.

There will be CHEESY WOTSITS!


Tuesday 23rd February, 7pm at Drink, Shop, Do, London

Join Holly, fellow Usborne author Kathryn Evans, Eve Ainsworth and Nicci Cloke for readings, cocktails, an utterly ridiculous short story challenge and book signings.

Tickets are free – book your place via Eventbrite.


Wednesday 2nd March, 6pm at Stratford East Picturehouse, London

Join Holly, Juno Dawson and Sara Barnard for an awesome night of books, writing and creativity at World
Book Day’s first ever live premiere for teens.

Hosted by performance poet, author and playwright LEMN SISSAY. 

Tickets £3 (available via the Picturehouse website)


Sunday 6th March

Stay tuned for more on this soon!


Saturday 2nd April, 5pm

Three of the very best writers for YA, Sarah Crossan, Sita
Brahmachari and Holly Bourne join forces for a session guaranteed to
entertain, to inspire, and to provoke debate and laughter.

Tickets are available via the festival’s website.

Independent Bookshop Week


Independent Bookshop Week 2015

One of the best things about being an author is how much time you get to shamelessly hang out in bookstores. Since my first book, Soulmates, was published, I’ve met so many INCREDIBLE booksellers who’ve created thriving reading communities all around the country. 

This week is Independent Bookshop Week – a week where we can celebrate all the cute/quirky/gorgeous/eccentric and just downright-ruddy-brilliant indie bookstores. So I thought I’d share my top 3 favourite indies that I’ve come across on my travels. Note: it was HARD getting it down to three. 

1) Shakespeare & Company, Paris
Two of my bookish dreams as a child were,
a) To have a library like the Beast’s out of Beauty and The Beast, and,
b) For said library to have one of those whizzy ladders that goes along the bookshelves like out of Bedknobs and Broomsticks
So, on a trip to Paris I was awestruck when I stumbled into Shakespeare and Co. and realised my dream book-arrangement actually exits. This place just HEAVES with character, and books, so many books. Crammed into nooks and crannies and up-to-the-ceiling. It’s so charming and cosy that it’s a scientific impossibility to come out of this place without a new book clutched in your hand.
I had just signed with my literary agent when I went there and about to go on submission. I remember finding the cute children’s section, staring at the YA shelves, and thinking, “maybe just maybe this book-publishing thing will come off and my book will be here one day”.
I can’t wait for the day when hopefully I can go back and see my own books there.


2) Tales On Moon Lane, London
I spent two years living in Herne Hill and just minutes away from this cosy independent children’s bookshop. It was one my favourite things about living there (that and the local Fish and Chip shop, but that’s another list). It was also very dangerous financially as I kept ‘popping in’ to ‘have a look’ and coming out with a bag stuffed full of kids books. There’s a lot of doom-mongering about the death of bookshops in our amazon-era, but you don’t see any evidence of that in TOML. Whatever time of day you went in, there was always a line of excitable kids at the counter, begging their parents to buy more books than the armfuls they were already cradling.

3) Storytellers Inc. Lytham St Annes
Visiting this bookshop in the beautiful seaside town of Lytham was my highlight of my first ever book tour. I went to talk at their teen book club, and still to this day, remain jealous I didn’t have one when I was a teen. Honestly – there was pizza and book chat and a SECRET DEN. What else does a 14-year-old bibliophile need on a Friday night? It helps massively that Creative Director, Katie, shares the same encyclopaedic knowledge of the Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging series as me.

What’s your favourite independent book store? Do let me know over on Twitter @holly_bourneYA.

About IBW

Independent Bookshop Week (20th to 27th June 2015) is part of the Books Are My Bag
campaign, and seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and
Ireland.  We do this with events, celebrations, reading groups,
storytelling, author signings, literary lunches and face painting!  Your
local bookshop will have their own way of celebrating, and we encourage
you to visit to celebrate with them.