Supporting the British High Street
Book sales and signings are an essential part of the festival experience. The joy of attending a festival is much enhanced when as an audience member you have an opportunity to meet the author after their talk and to get a book signed to you personally or for a friend. Authors need to sell books in order to make a living. Buxton International Festival enjoys a sponsorship deal with Waterstones which is significant for us both for income and for the endorsement that working with the nation’s largest and sadly last remaining national book chain gives us when we are pitching to publishers for authors.
Marks and Spencer and H Samuel have now closed their Buxton stores with Dorothy Perkins soon to follow. Like many towns across the UK this follows a sad and rapidly growing trend. By buying your festival books at our July pop-up shop you are directly supporting our festival AND supporting a British high street retailer. For those of you who would like to have read the book before you meet the author please buy your festival titles from a Waterstones store or your local independent bookshop. It is hugely important that we all support businesses that pay taxes, provide their staff with an inspiring and fair place of work, and that contribute to the health of their communities. I feel strongly about this as I have spent the last three decades working across the high street from the south coast to Scotland and for both chain bookshops still in existence (Waterstones) and some sadly lost (Ottakars). I have also been a partner in two independent bookshops. Times are hard for all. If you must shop on line because of price, please try Waterstones online first. But value isn’t always about price.
BIF brings a lot of energy and verve to our town, lots of visitors, many exciting authors, hundreds of top-class musicians and performers. All money spent in Buxton in July really helps local shopkeepers and businesses and contributes to own our sense of value, place, and community. Visiting our festival bookshop during July you will get to see, touch and handle the books by our visiting authors; appreciate their beautiful jackets; their perfect typeface; the quality of their writing. You don’t get that shopping experience on line. There is no story to share with your friends the day following laptop retail. There are many fine stories to discover supporting your local high street and joining us at the Buxton International Festival this July. You can browse our book programme here.