A thank you to independent bookstores – Forum books, Corbridge, Northumberland

I am a regular to Forum Books so it was with some surprise that I hadn’t written about this lovely little bookshop before.

Forum Books
Forum Books

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.

Ooh a literary event! I like these
Ooh a literary event! I like these
Reading, laughing  and crying all at once
Reading with a cuppa to hand. Em I seem to be making a habit of this…hehe

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?

The event will be held in the Tea and Tipple cafe. Love it!
The event will be held in the Tea and Tipple cafe. Love it!

Perfect, perfect, perfect

Is this lady looking for a great local bookshop? Turn to your right!!!
Is this lady looking for a great local bookshop? Turn to your right!!!

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

4 thoughts on “A thank you to independent bookstores – Forum books, Corbridge, Northumberland

  1. Love this post with its salute to small bookstores. We have one here where I live in Ontario and it has been open for many years. They will be carrying my book, The Loyalist’s Wife, and have offered me a signing day etc. So much fun. I am very appreciative!

    1. Oh If I only lived in Ontario again I would loved to have attended your book signing. Thank you for your comments. I do believe indie bookshops are vital in encouraging writers and allowing readers such as myself to meet you! congrats on your book and I will certainly be buying a copy! Enjoy your signing day x

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