Bookworms’ delight as community store Kett’s Books in Wymondham wins £2,000 from top publisher

Volunteers at Kett's Books in Wymondham, from left, Adele Kenny (9), Chloe Dawson, Emily Spencer, an

Volunteers at Kett's Books in Wymondham, from left, Adele Kenny (9), Chloe Dawson, Emily Spencer, and Ian Maunders. Picture: Courtesy of Kett's Books - Credit: Archant

The love of books will be fostered around a Norfolk market town thanks to a £2,000 grant to a community bookshop.

Kett's Books of Wymondham has become one of just 10 across the country to receive the grant from HarperCollins's Indie Development Fund.

The volunteer-run shop plans to use the money to build a new website which will allow teachers, pupils and others to post book reviews; commission an illustrator to improve its branding; and buy equipment for school book fairs.

Tracy Kenny, shop manager, said she was delighted about the grant for the shop, which was saved from closure by a community effort in 2013.

She said: 'We were thrilled to learn that we were successful.'

Over the past few years the shop has built strong relationships with schools across the region with the aim of fostering a love of reading.


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Mrs Kenny said that during World Book Week in March, the shop had run 15 events at 12 schools in 10 days.

She said: 'We are run by volunteers so that's quite an achievement. We really want children to be excited about books.'

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Mrs Kenny said the shop had built partnerships with about 20 schools.

Nearly 50 independent bookshops applied for the grant, with projects ranging from mobile bookshops and student discount schemes to hosting enterprise days to teach school children about setting up a bookshop.

Jon McGregor, an author who was part of the judging panel, said: 'It was great to see how many engaged and active booksellers are out there, looking to do fantastic things for their communities.

'Lot of submissions came in from community bookshops and outreach initiatives, which was really encouraging, and I'm delighted with the overall winners.'

Joanna Cannon, fellow judge and author, said: 'There are so many brilliant people with brilliant ideas in independent bookshops, and I found it very uplifting to read all of the entries.

'I'm absolutely thrilled for the winners of funding from HarperCollins.'

Have you got a Wymondham story? Email reporter Stuart Anderson at stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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