National Stationery Week 2016

Want an excuse to go and indulge in a pile of luscious new notebooks, a pack of brightly coloured pens, some pretty patterned ring-binders or some delightful sticky notes? Well here it is!

25th April to May 1st is National Stationery Week and 27th April is World Stationery DayNational Stationery Week

The website has a suggested list of things to do during this week. I particularly like the idea of a ‘stationery crawl’ which is like a pub crawl but with stationery instead of beer (but there’s nothing to stop you downing a glass or too – choosing notebooks is thirsty work!).

There’s a quiz to find out what kind of writing implement you are. I came out as “… a stylish fountain pen! A little bit messy at times as your ink smudges, but classy and timeless. You’re writing is flicks, twists and curls and words are most definitely your thing. You only need one pen and it’ll be your best friend forever”.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start indulging in every writer’s guilty pleasure – the smell of fresh paper, the allure of new pens and the promise of writing success if only you can find that perfect notebook!

(And if nothing else, this post has drilled into me that stationery with an’e’ is paper and stationary with an ‘a’ is motionless!)


  1. #1 by Keith Havers on April 25, 2016 - 9:32 am

    Apparently I’m a biro. Better than a stubby pencil I suppose.

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on April 25, 2016 - 6:30 pm

      Biros are very useful and practical, Keith. Take it as a compliment!

  2. #3 by Julia on April 25, 2016 - 9:45 am

    Hi Sally,
    Thanks for sharing the link. It was a nice bit of writerly fun to start my writing week. Here’s what I came out as:
    “You’re a highlighter. Bright, breezy and funky with an air of organisation. You love all things colour, but are neat in doing so. You never lose anything, but you’re cool!”
    Happy Stationery week everyone!

    • #4 by Sally Jenkins on April 25, 2016 - 6:31 pm

      ‘Bright, breezy and funky’ – I like that Julia. Have a good week.

  3. #5 by juliathorley on April 25, 2016 - 10:42 am

    Ooh, Sally, you’re feeding my addiction!

    • #6 by Sally Jenkins on April 25, 2016 - 6:32 pm

      A little bit of what you fancy does you good, Julia. Indulge!

  4. #7 by lynnforthauthor on April 25, 2016 - 1:37 pm

    I lurve stationery shops…I have so many notebooks(hard backs, soft backs, multi-coloured) and pens and little notelet pads and coloured post-its and ring binders and highlighters and boxes of coloured paper-clips, elastic bands, multi-shaped rubbers ….and I think you get the picture. And how wonderful to have a whole week devoted to this obsession …I mean hobby.

    • #8 by Sally Jenkins on April 25, 2016 - 6:33 pm

      Sounds like you’ve got enough to start your own shop, Lynn!

  5. #9 by lynnforthauthor on April 27, 2016 - 11:04 am

    Haven’t we all?

  6. #10 by Maria Smith (@mariaAsmith) on April 28, 2016 - 8:40 am

    I am a stationaryholic, and I’m supposed to be in recovery. However, I was let loose in Covent Garden recently, and managed to sneakily purchase two fabulous little notebooks from a fabulous crafty type of place. One of the notebooks says on the front cover, ‘Do more of what makes you happy’ so I did, I purchased some more stationary!

    In my next life, I shall open a cafe, with proper tablecloths, and tea and homemade cake, a room upstairs for writers, with a walk through stationary cave full of lovely things.

    Happy Thursday. 🙂

  7. #14 by amusing2write on April 29, 2016 - 3:34 am

    I took the quiz. A quill, vintage and classic. You love old things. Scary accurate. Lol

    • #15 by Sally Jenkins on April 29, 2016 - 5:51 pm

      Sounds good to me! Isn’t vintage all the rage now?

      • #16 by amusing2write on April 29, 2016 - 6:53 pm

        I am just now learning to write with a fountain pen. A quill would be so cool.

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