Are you interested in China, a country that is hardly ever out of the news? A local teacher and China expert is setting up a group in Malvern for anyone interested in China, its culture and literature. As an introduction Leah Stickley who has lived and worked in China for the last 13 years is going to host a short talk on modern Chinese literature. There is a lot of literature in and outside the country but which is painting the true picture of modern China? Leah will give a brief overview of modern literature from her own perspective and readings. Recently returned to the UK, Leah is keen to share her insights and to develop understanding of this fascinating country and culture.
The talk will take place at 7pm on the Tuesday 22nd May at the Malvern Book Cooperative in St Ann’s Road. If you would like to come along or find out more Leah can be contacted through the Book Cooperative email email@example.com or phone 01684 564788
Running a shop is a steep learning curve. Window dressing is one of the skills that has been mastered already. We plan to have themed window displays to link into local and national events. This is the current window to tie in with the Malvern Spring Garden Show. Unlike the real show there’s no mud to be seen!
We’ve a good range of garden and nature books in stock. If the rain gets too much for you pop in for a browse and a coffee.
Last night we held our first evening talk with local author Fiona Robyn. Fiona gave a fascinating insight into her writing process. Starting with characters she clearly loves her books take on a life of their own where, sometimes, things happen that Fiona has little control over.
The Most Beautiful Thing is Fiona’s fourth novel. She talked about the pitfalls of getting published and why it may make sense to give your book away! Writing is clearly one of the easier parts of making your way as an author.
Our next author event is on the 12th May when Loretta Proctor will be in the shop signing copies of her new novel Middle Watch.
We have been open for nearly two weeks now. The response has been great. We are mastering ‘the beasts’ (the coffee machine, till and computer system). If you have not been in to see us we’d love to see you. If you have been in do come again; the book stock is changing everyday as we order new titles.
Well we are open! Day one trading complete and members will be happy to know that over £500 will be in the bank tomorrow morning! Staff were frazzled but happy at the end of the day.
On Wednesday the rest of our stock will arrive and we hope to open the second room. This stock will be the fiction for grown ups ( I can’t bring myself to say ‘adult fiction’ as that has too many smutty connotations).
As of today we have a feed where we will post quick updates and offers etc. You can follow us @malvernbookcoop .
The next thing we would like is to prepare a list of members’ favourite books – we can recommend them to our customers! If you post them here with a short recommendation we can order copies to stock in the shop. If you can’t choose just one recommend more!
Well things have been moving on quickly since the public meetings with applications coming in steadily! We have now sold about 80 shares and so we are progressing nicely. If you are interested in buying shares then please send your application to us at the shop – 2 St Ann’s Road and we will be delighted to process it. Once this is done we will send you a confirmatory email/letter and issue a share certificate later.
Things are also happening in the shop. We have sourced shelves which will be collected soon and installed after a lick of paint. A joiner is coming in to build us a counter and the first book order has been placed! We are now planning our opening which will be during the easter holidays – date to be confirmed. All very exciting!
So thanks for all your interest and comments. Please keep ideas and offers coming in (we have had an offer of a laptop and PC so thanks). We would love to hear from you with ideas for events and would welcome any offers to run one of these. We will update the blog again soon with news of our opening date.