WIRRAL stores are preparing for a busy Independent Bookshop Week (IBW).

From Saturday, June 15 and running until Saturday, June 22, IBW celebrates all that is good about indie stores and aims to celebrate their importance to communities across the country.

In Wirral Linghams Booksellers will be hosting three events as part of the national event.

On June 16, Ben Aaronovitch will arrive at the Heswall store with exclusive signed copies of his new novel October Man from 7pm and on Friday, June 21 Victoria Hislop will appear to mark the release of Those Who Are Loved.

Although outside of the awareness week, Joanna Glen will be bringing her debut novel The Other Half of Augusta Hope to the Heswall store on Tuesday, July 2 at 7pm.

Throughout IBW the Booksellers Association (BA) will shine a light on the work that independent bookshops do for their communities and how vital they are to our high streets.

The BA will be sharing bookshops’ stories; how each bookshop is unique, how booksellers became part of the bookselling world and tales from the shop floor.

Bookshop stories from across the UK will be revealed on the @booksaremybag Instagram with the hashtag #BookshopHeroes.

Emma Bradshaw, head of campaigns at BA said: “Independent Bookshop Week is all about book lovers coming together to celebrate the importance of indies on our high streets, and it’s deeply heartening to see so many authors and publishers showing their support.”