I am a regular to Forum Books so it was with some surprise that I hadn’t written about this lovely little bookshop before.
Its a literary gem in the village of Corbridge in Northumberland and it champions everything that is good about writers and writing. I loved the local publishing stand dedicated to Myrmidon as I walked in the door and was pleased to overhear an animated discussion between two elderly customers ‘arguing’ over the merits of buying one book over another (they ended up getting both in the end!)
I myself had a lovely chat with the most welcoming bookseller I had met in some time. We chatted about the book I was buying and the event I was interested in and I left with a brown paper bag containing a book and the words, Eat Sleep Read on the sides and thanking me for buying local. It made me smile and the brown paper took me back to how bookshops years ago must have packaged a new purchase.
But why I wanted to mention this bookstore is its writers events. There will be a talk – a kind of tea and biscuits session with Gavin Extence – he of ‘The Universe versus Alex Woods’ fame and Matt Haig, writer of ‘The Humans’. I for one can not wait to meet both of them and am currently reading the first book in time for the event. The second I will buy on the day.
I love meeting authors of books I’ve read or am going to read. I love reading books by authors I may not have come across had it not been for events such as this one. It’s a literary night out and the fact that it us being held in the local tea shop makes it particularly perfect. A cup of coffee, piece of cake and chats with two authors about their books?
Perfect, perfect, perfect
That’s why it makes me sad to think little literary gems such as Forum books are a dying breed. Independent bookstores are what keeps reading and enjoying books so accessible to many. They offer a personal and local service and provide a haven for book fans such as myself. Together with libraries, they are the unsung heroes of the literary world
So thank you Forum
Thank you independent bookstores
Thank you libraries
I for one will continue to support you and really appreciate what you represent