The Bookshop Band

The Bookshop Band

Performing songs inspired by books they have read

Beth Porter and Ben Please, the husband and wife team of the Bookshop Band, write and perform songs inspired by books they have read. These have usually had their first airing at their local bookshop, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath, and in the company of authors such as Ian Rankin, Ben Okri, David Mitchell, and Kate Mosse, who are just a few of those for whom they have written songs. Their performances are inextricably linked to the books themselves, as the band take it in turns to describe where the inspiration for each song came from.

They have toured all over the UK, Ireland and Europe, and have appeared regularly on radio and television. Nowadays they perform in bookshops, libraries and at literary and music festivals They are incredibly prolific songwriters and in 2016 will release about 10 new albums. We are very pleased to welcome them to Borderlines.

“The Bookshop Band’s approach to song writing is entirely original, and the results are both surprising and beautiful.” Louis De Bernieres, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Borderlines Book Festival is a not-for-profit organisation that has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise.
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