Grant boost for Ballater bookshop

Best-selling author James Patterson and Sabine Muir.

Best-selling author James Patterson and Sabine Muir.

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A flood-damaged Ballater business has been given a boost after receiving a grant from a bookshop fund.

Deeside Books is being refurbished and is aiming to be open in the summer following the floods at the end of last year.

The grant will be used to help refurbish the shop’s children’s department

Sabine Muir Deeside Books

Part-time employee at the shop and children’s author Sabine Muir applied to a bookshop fund initiative by bestselling author and bookshop devotee James Patterson.

Aided by the Booksellers’ Association, the writer has been instrumental in supporting a number of UK independent bookshops through sponsorship of a round of grants.

Sabine, who also works at Ballater Library, was invited to Penguin Random House in London to meet Patterson and other booksellers.

She said: “He’s a great supporter of bookshops and libraries and he is passionate about encouraging children to read.

“The grant will be used to help refurbish the shop’s children’s department and also provide prizes for various competitions and activities in the summer.

“During Victoria Week we will sponsor prizes for the potted sports event, a Where’s Wally competition, a soft toy sleepover at the shop and a puppet making workshop.

“We will also run a writing competition, which is to be launched at the start of the summer holidays. Some of the activities will run in tandem with Ballater Library.”

Meanwhile, Deeside Books’ online business is up and running and stock is being replenished.