Shop’s saviour named bookseller of year
A man who saved Blackwell’s bookshop in Aberdeen from closure has been named the Bookseller of the Year in the 2018 British Book Awards.
Greig Watt, who works at the shop next to Aberdeen University, received his award at a ceremony in London from Judith Kerr, author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
He described working at Blackwell’s as “the best job I’ve ever had.”
Mr Watt, from Ellon, said: “It was an honour meeting Judith. I read her books as a child and now I read them to my own kids. She was lovely,”
It took the 40-year-old just 18 months to transform the Aberdeen shop into one of the most profitable in the company, despite having no previous experience of bookselling. He focused on fostering relationships with students and lecturers from across Aberdeen and rewrote the shop’s future.
Mr Watt thanked his team at Blackwell’s, the students, his wife and his three children during his winning speech.
Dr Wayne Price from Aberdeen University said: “Greig’s management has helped transform a small bookshop into a truly vibrant and welcoming hub for students and university staff alike.”
HONOUR: Greig Watt won Bookseller of the Year at an awards ceremony last night that also starred Lauren Laverne, right