Sedbergh, England's Official Book Town

Sedbergh became England's official book town in 2003 following the work of a dedicated group of locals who formed the Sedbergh Literary Trust. 

 

 

Book Towns Alex Johnson Sedbergh Book Festival

"We were delighted to host Alex Johnson, author of 'Book Towns' during the 2018 Sedbergh Book Town festival"

Photograph courtesy of Joanne Withers Photography.

Westwood Books was later opened in 2006 by Mark and Evelyn Westwood. The building had been a factory, and before that a local cinema and village hall. They had been running a bookshop in Hay-on-Wye for more than 20 years and decided to take on a new project. They met the directors of the fledgling Sedbergh Book Town Company at an International Book Towns Organisation conference in Wigtown, where they expressed their hopes to make Sedbergh, England's Official Book Town. Intrigued by this idea, they viewed the then redundant factory on the edge of the retail area and fell in love with the building and Sedbergh. They purchased the building in the summer of 2005, and after nine months of renovations, miles of shelf building and a new glazed frontage to replace the steel roller shutter door, Westwood Books opened for business at Easter in 2006.