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Bookselling Eventer

A unique opportunity to join a small team with a big mission

Start Date – Immediate

£11.50 – £14.00 ph

Based in Leicester

The Roving Bookshop has a national reputation for its carefully selected stock of children’s books. Our eventers travel all over the country from our Leicester base, providing primary children with a unique opportunity to experience a full size bookshop in their own school packed with only the very best books. We also service conferences and other training events for teachers.

As a bookselling eventer, you will experience first-hand the excitement that the bookshop brings to children who rarely see such an array of books. You will also meet authors and illustrators at book signings. Every day and every event is different.

You will need to be confident and resourceful to handle each event independently – driving to the event, unloading and erecting the Bookshop, interacting with children and selling books throughout the day.

You’ll be part of a close-knit team who all work to support each other. Term time is very busy particularly around world book day in February and March but whether you have family commitments, are studying or have other interests, we are small enough to make sure our schedules are agreed with you in advance so you can get the most out of your days off and the main school holidays can be completely work free.

If you love keeping busy and want to do a job that matters, find out more below and apply for something completely different with Roving Books. Once your application has been reviewed if it matches to the requirements of the role someone from the recruitment team will get in touch to chat about your application.

The process will include a telephone interview and face-to-face selection event. We look forward to receiving your application form.

Event Set-up

  • Ensuring the correct cases of books are loaded into the van together with stock to replenish the cases from previous sales events.
  • Ensuring sales accessories e.g. paper bags, card machine till tolls etc. are fully stocked.

Run Event

  • Transport books to and from event venue
  • Unload and erect the displays for the bookshop
  • Introduce each class as they visit the bookshop
  • Take payments, checking each book bought is suitable for the child buying it
  • Take down displays

Full training, including assisting at real events will be provided 

  • The ability to load and unload 3000+ books in up to 54 display cases
  • The flexibility to start early and finish late on the day of the event including overnight stays for long distance events
  • The flexibility to work extra events during school terms
  • The ability to react positively to different environments and the initiative to identify the best way to set-up the displays in the space available
  • To be over 25 year old and with a clean driving licence
  • A friendly communication style with teachers and children
  • An interest in and knowledge of children’s books – training will be given
  • A familiarity with computers for Point of Sale – training will be given
  • We’re proud to have a culture and salary structure that promotes both the equality of opportunity, and pay.
  • We offer an industry competitive hourly rate, with 30 days’ holiday per year (pro rata).
  • Other benefits include pension scheme, 25% in store discount and company paid hotel and meals allowances.
  • Option to contract to an average of 1, 2 or 2 ½ events per week equivalent to an average working week of 15, 30 or 37.5 hours
  • Fixed monthly salary and paid overtime
  • Overtime hours worked can be taken as time in lieu and used to provide  extended time off  during school holidays.
  • Send an email to pat@rovingbooks.com to express your interest or download an application form.
  • Please note your employment is conditional upon the Company’s receipt of satisfactory references and if requested by the Company, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within education.
  • We have a policy, as a matter of courtesy, to respond to all applications within five working days. However, because of the volume of applications, we are sometimes unable to reply to individual enquiries.
  • If we have not contacted you within this specified time your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion, we encourage you to please apply for any other position that you may see in the future.
  • Thank you for looking.

See how a Bookselling Eventer transforms the school hall

What Our Customers Say

I just wanted to say thank you for bringing the Roving Bookshop to St Greg’s yesterday. It was lovely to meet you – you were so friendly and helpful, and having real, live actual books in the hall for the children to buy really added to the excitement and impact of the day. There was no fuss or stress for our staff either as everything was taken care of – win-win!
We’re looking forward to welcoming you back in September and seeing the whole Bookshop in all of its glory!

Daniel Woodrow

Headteacher, St Gregory CEVC

Thanks many times to


who attend my bookings all over the country with a huge display of nearly all my titles so at a conference people buy both my children’s and adult books: Bear Hunt, Zola,Uncle Gobb, Good Ideas etc etc

Michael Rosen

Poet and performer who needs no introduction

Thank you to


for providing the most wonderful start to our book week and to


for making it possible for every child in the school to use their world book day


Hallsville Primary

Thank you all for such a wonderful day at the book fair. The children loved coming to peruse the books and, thanks to your generosity, we raised lots of money to buy new books for the school. Hope the children are enjoying their new purchases.
Thank you

Warren Road Primary


Thanks for your sterling work flogging my books at Rushey Mead Academy today.

Very much appreciated.

Dave Shelton


Thank you to @RovingBookshop

for putting on a wonderful spread today! The children at


loved buying their books and the buzz around school was fantastic-some were even reading them in the line at the end of the day! #RFP

Emily Crumbleholme

Assistant Principal: (Evidence Lead in Education and Specialist Leader of Education Literacy), Peover Superior Endowed Primary School

We had the


in school today. I know it’s not a library visit, but the engagement from children and parents alike was incredible. A must have for parents evenings especially.

Mr Mclugash

Assistant Headteacher, Rothley C of E Primary Academy

If you need a bookshop for a conference, or in school, then contact Rob @robmcaulay

and the wonderful Roving Bookshop.


Pie Corbett

Creator the Talk for Writing approach

      The amazing Roving Book Shop here today at #TTTaT Cornwall.

   The best book shop in town!

                       Can you spot Rob?                       MariaInfinityLiteracy

Maria Richards

freelance Education Consultant, In-Finity Literacy

I just wanted to thank you for making our Roving Bookshop today a huge success.

From the initial set up this morning by Mike Eastwood, and then throughout the day we, on behalf of all the staff here at Wingrave C of E School, just wanted to say a huge thank you. Mike was truly wonderful with all the children and staff and did such a great job. Thank you Mike.

It was such a wonderful day for the children and the BEST bookshop which we have ever had at our school. The children were excited to be-able to buy a book and take it home in their little gift bags. We were so impressed with the whole organisation of the Bookshop and will definitely be booking another date for this amazing shop for the children and we’ll highly be recommending the Roving Bookshop to other colleagues and schools.

Many thanks again for bringing a real buzz to Wingrave.

Mrs Beth Brown

Deputy Headteacher, Wingrave C of E School,

Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed having Mike here yesterday with your fantastic selection of books. Praise from everyone – children, parents and teachers.

I will be in contact after half term to hopefully book a date for the summer term and for next academic year.

Thank you

Karina Thompson

Greenleaf Primary

It was absolutely brilliant and totally surpassed my expectations. The kids loved it, parents enjoyed the choice and teachers were amazed at the quality of the texts. I genuinely feel that today a love of reading was sparked.

Your sales person Mike was also excellent: he was enthusiastic and knowledgable and had some great reccomendations. I could go on and on with this complimentary tone…a big thanks.

We have booked for next year and will see you then. Until then, keep up the great work.

Dave Bowden

Headteacher, Lyncrest Primary
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