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Celebration of Independents

Declare your independence on 06 June! The Independent Alliance, of which we at Short Books comprise a small (but perfectly formed) part, are teaming up with the Institute of Contemporary Arts to put on a mighty fine day of events that will celebrate all things indie in Britain’s creative industries.

There’ll be a series of talks and debates on issues such as the future of independent businesses like us, and the prospect for the humble-but-talented first-time writer.  Talks will feature prominent folk from our friends in the Alliance, along with our very own Justin Webb, former BBC North America editor and author of Notes on Them and Us.

There’s also a rare chance to see some leviathans of independent publishing, such as Alan Bennett and Simon Armitage, reading from their works and in conversation, including an indie music line-up put together in true mix-tape spirit by record shop Rough Trade.

Tickets can be booked through the ICA, with full details of what’s on offer to be found here:

Read the announcement on The Bookseller here:

What’s so great about being independent? Well, only these wonderful gems, to name but a few: