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Burley Fisher Books is converting their basement to create more space for their events, which support independent publishing.
Burley Fisher Books is converting their basement to create more space for their events, which support independent publishing.
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Burley Fisher Books - the shop exterior
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 "Jason started his career in antiquarian books, Sam started in publishing and when we met we realised we had a very similar vision. We look to carry the flag for independent bookshops."

Introduction

Burley Fisher Books is a new independent bookshop in Haggerston, London; we aim to support and promote small presses, provide a space for literary events and - above all - be an asset to the local community. The shop is run by Jason Burley and Sam Fisher, who share a belief that bookshops provide a human alternative to algorithm-driven world of online retailing.

Due to the success of our current event's programme, we need a space with a larger capacity than our shop floor and have decided to renovate the basement of the shop to facilitate this. All the proceeds from the campaign will go towards creating a more professional, flexible, space with small stage, lighting and PA system. And this is where we need your help to support the resurgence in popularity of the printed word. 

Jason and Sam
Jason and Sam

 Our Story 

Jason started his first shop in Camden Lock Market 30 years ago and has has been bookselling all over London since, most recently in Old Street station, where he continues today. Sam had been working in publishing and came to work for Jason. They decided they wanted to open a shop together and both being long-time residents of Hackney, they wanted to open a shop that would become a part of the community and quickly settled on Haggerston as an ideal location. 

Online retailers offer the illusion of choice whilst directing their readers to their mass market selection. Jason and Sam wanted to provide a platform for books undervalued by these retailers, as well as a meeting place where people could get together with their authors to talk about them. 

Books...
Books...

 

An event in action
An event in action

 So Where are we Today? 

The bookshop opened in February 2016 and in just seven months, we're happy to say: 

  • We run at least one event a week in the shop, often selling out. 
  • There has been very successful engagement with local residents and already we have responsive mailing list of almost 600 and a growing number of regular returning customers. 
  • We have a great team, Will and Jake bring their unique and valued expertise. 
  • We had a very encouraging press response when we opened, with articles in The Bookseller, The Londonist, The Hackney Gazette, Hackney Citizen and a number of other publications. 
  • We are already being asked to supply books for events outside of the shop. Notably at Proud East and The Institute of Directors. 
  • Our selection of coffees, teas, local soft drinks and bagels are also very popular. 
The Basement
The Basement

Our Basement Project 

Already, the events programme has outgrown the space that we have on the ground floor of the shop. We need to expand the range of events that we are able to run, as well as the audience capacity. The basement is the ideal area to expand into, but not currently set up for public access, let alone as a dedicated events space. Our required improvements have been costed and we have the contractors ready. Once we have received the money we will be able to have everything up and running in a matter of weeks. 

The new space will allow us to run film events, catered events, arts and crafts events (such as ceramics and life drawing) and the community will also be able to hire the space below our bookshop. Importantly, we will be able to run events during the day, and to keep the bookshop open while events are taking place. 

Delicious Bagel and Coffee
Delicious Bagel and Coffee

 A Final Word 

As an independent bookshop, we are reliant on the support of the public for our success and we are so grateful for all the support we have received to far. 

Get in Touch 

If you have any questions about the campaign or the shop in general, please do not hesitate to be in touch: 

Email: shop@burleyfisherbooks.com 

Telephone: +44 (0)207 2492263

Twitter: @burleyfisher

Facebook: Burley Fisher Books 

Instagram: @burleyfisher 

Website: www.burleyfisherbooks.com

Kid's Corner
Kid's Corner

 

 

Risks and challenges

1. Constructing the space - the basement was used as an old World War II bomb shelter, and although we have received quotations from contractors, there might be some risk that the construction work will take longer than planned due to unforseen issues with installing correct ventilation.

2. Health and Safety - We feel confident that we have anticipated any extra costs required for complying with extra health and safety regulations (such as adding a fire door at the bottom of the stairs) but we will need to validate this.

3. Contractor time - Although we have consulted contractors, we have not been able to book their time without being able to guarantee funds and so their may be some delays to the timelines due to contractor availability.

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    BOOKY BEVERAGE

    While away an afternoon with a tea, coffee or soft drink in our East London bookshop.

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    BECOME A BFF

    Become a Burley Fisher Friend with a BF branded tote bag and your name on the BFF wall in the new space.

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    An invite to the launch party of the new space, including top notch food and drink.

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    BF BLIND DATE (WITH A BOOK)

    We'll send you one of our favourite, independently published books, along with your very own BF tote to tote it in. Alternatively, if you don't want to risk it, send us the last book you read and enjoyed and we'll find your perfect match!

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    BF SKETCH CLUB

    A ticket to a life-drawing class in the new space with Roz Edenbrow. Materials provided.

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    BF BOOK AND EVENT COMBO

    Free entry to any three events at Burley Fisher Books with a free signed book at each event, subject to availability.

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    BF BOOKS POW WOW

    Come to the shop, sit down with us, have a coffee and tell us about your favourite books. Then we will pick out 4 books that match your tastes.

    Alternatively, if you're pledging from outside the UK, send us a list of your favourite books and we'll send you 4 books that we think you'll love!

    This one would make the perfect xmas gift... (just saying!)

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    BF LITERARY SUPPER CLUB

    An invite to our celebratory literary supper club featuring dishes from the team's favourite novels.

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    BF MAG SUBSCRIPTION

    A selection of 6 independent, small press magazines delivered to your door, once a month, for six months.

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    BF SPACE HIRE

    Freedom to hire the newly refurbished space for one day or for an evening.

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    BF... Virginia Woolf

    Local aritst and friend of the shop Kate Abildgaard is very kindly offering a wonderful portrait of Virgina Woolf: 65x65cm, acryllic on board, custom made frame and glass. This is one of a kind. Don't miss out!

    Pic here: https://twitter.com/BurleyFisher/status/786142560511078404

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    BF BOOK SUBSCRIPTION

    A year of personally selected books based on your tastes. One hardback and one paperback per month.

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    A supper club evening with menu personalised to your taste, for you and ten friends.

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    BF PERSONAL LIBRARY

    Either: a collection of 250 new books, or a selection of collectable books on a specific subject or by your favourite author, personally tailored to your taste and chosen by our booksellers.

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