One of the most well-known names in Oswestry is calling on residents to support a venture to get more people using independent bookshops.

Friday marks the start of Independent Bookshop week and Booka Bookshop, in Church Street, is hosting an event each day, including a talk with respected BBC news journalist Kirsty Wark and author Victoria Hislop.

Carrie Morris, from Booka, is hoping the events lined for the celebration week will re-affirm the relationship the store and its customers in what could be tough times for a retailer.

"At Booka we are hoping that our customers will come along and get involved in the events and activities that best suit them," she said.

"We are living in challenging times with continuing threats to the High Street. Independent Bookshop Week gives us a platform to showcase what we do.

"We are actively engaging with our reading community and beyond.

"In October, Booka will be celebrating 10 years in business. We are working hard to grow our business and we support and use as many other local businesses as we can.

"Independent Bookshop Week is a 'shout out' – this is what we do. Come and get involved and help to keep this bookshop on this High Street for years to come."

The week begins on Friday, June 14 with the' Books & Buggies Bookclub'; on Sunday, there is the 'Summer Crafternoon' from 2-3pm, for youngsters five and above costing £3; Victoria Hislop on Monday at 12.30pm which is £20 with a signed book and £10 without and Kirsty Wark on Tuesday from 7.30pm, which is £17 with a signed book and £8 without – both at the Wynnstay.

Other events including spy novelist Mick Heron for his new 'Slough House' series on June 20 and a book launch for local author, Alison Layland on Wednesday.

A 'Public Typewriter' ill be there for customers to write their thoughts and hopes to tie in with the publication of a book called 'Notes From a Public Typewriter.'

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