Waterstones Creates Pop-Up Bookshop in Outer Hebrides

Robin Crawford packing for the trip.
(photo: Dundee Evening Telegraph)

Waterstones created a pop-up bookshop for two days, June 6-7, on the Scottish island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. The Bookseller reported that Robin Crawford made the 275-mile journey to the tiny island, which has 1,300 residents, "from the Waterstones bookshop in Dundee, taking with him 600 books to sell to the community and donating an extra 50 to the library at Sgoil Lionacleit." The pop-up was located at Sgoil Lionacleit School, the only secondary school serving the islands of Benbecula, North and South Uist.

"I am delighted to be making this journey to create a bookshop experience for book lovers on Benbecula," said Crawford, a Western Isles enthusiast and author of Into the Peatlands (September). The venture has come about through a partnership between the bookselling chain, the First Minister's Reading Challenge and the Scottish Book Trust.

Check out highlights of the bookish Hebrides adventure on Twitter, where Waterstones Dundee posted: "So soon we've come to the end of our #BenbeculaBooks pop up shop at #SgiolLionacleit We leave not only memories but many, many books behind in the safe hands of new readers."

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