Written in their own fair hand…

Extract from The Wild Places by Robert MacfarlaneThere’s something about seeing a writer’s words written in their own handwriting that feels incredibly intimate.

To celebrate Independent Booksellers Week (on until 6 July), the Independent Alliance of publishers commissioned five limited edition Written Word prints, featuring handwritten extracts from authors Mark Forsyth, Simon Armitage, Robert MacFarlane, Yan Martell and Ruth Ozeki.

Man With A Golf Ball Heart by Simon ArmitageThe Written Word prints include extracts from  Life of Pi (Martell), The Etymologicon (Forsyth), Man with a Golf Ball Heart (Armitage), The Wild Places (MacFarlane), and A Tale for the Time Being (Ozeki), shortlisted for the IBW Book Award.

These are beautiful, rare, and inspiring works of literary art, reproduced on A4 FSC accredited offset paper, with the handwritten text complemented by the author’s signature and book jacket image.

It’s such a fitting way to mark Independent Booksellers Week, a weeklong festival, now in its seventh year, that brings together authors, publishers, bookshops and book lovers to acknowledge the special place independent bookshops still hold on many UK high streets (though sadly fewer than I’d like).

Each print is priced at £20 and will be supplied in a tube, ready for the customer to unroll and frame. Find full details at www.independentbooksellersweek.org.uk.