Bookshop Update #3

A quick update on the bookshop.

The crowdfunding campaign is now over. Thank you very much to everyone who contributed and helped spread the word. We didn’t quite reach our £5,000 target, but we raised enough cash to get started. The shop will be opening at the start of August – more details nearer the time. Those of you who donated will be getting your perks sent out around the end of July/start of August (depending on how quickly we can get the pamphlets and postcards printed).

There will be regular updates here over the next few weeks. The shelves will be going up next week – hopefully we’ll have some photos to show you – and then it’s just a case of filling them.

We’ve had a few nice bits of press coverage lately – if you want to hear more about the project check out these pieces in Write Out Loud: this is a write up of Silence Found a Tongue, the monthly spoken word night held at I’klectik, where the shop will be; and here is an interview I did with Frances Spurrier about the shop. Most surreally, here are me and David Turner on the Robert Elms show on BBC London – our bit starts about 1 hour 37 minutes in, but he also talks to people from the Poetry Library and the Poetry Cafe (also, Tom Robinson! – though we didn’t get to meet him, sadly), so the whole thing is worth a listen.

Cheers, Paul.

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