As writers, I think we all agree that independent bookshops are a vital part of our life. A good independent bookshop will provide friendship, support and space for any writer but we’re lucky if we have one nearby as more and more are forced to close. Prime Writer Kerry Hadley-Pryce’s experience of a wonderful bookshop – now, in fact, the only independent in the Black Country, believe it or not – is with the wonderful Southcart Books, in Walsall. She says: “As well as selling books, Southcart, like many indy shops, encourages local writers by running creative writing workshops, bookclubs and events, and provide writers with opportunities to meet, listen to and give readings. These shops are, I think, crucial for writers to have rare face-to-face meetings and, for me, they restore energy. I have to say, I never realised how important it would be to have such a place. So, it’s with a heavy heart that I hear that my local bookshop is under threat of closure.”
Following two years of success, Southcart Books is now appealing for support to help a move to bigger premises after its future was put under threat by potential development. Scott and Amy, who began trading at Southcart two years ago after being long-term unemployed, have launched an online crowdfunding appeal to help them move to a bigger store nearby. “Over the past two years we have grown at a steady rate and are now very lacking in space for our lovely books; not only that, but our shop has been put up for sale putting our future at risk, which has forced our hand in needing a move to another location within the town centre.”
If you would like to help support this valuable community bookshop, Southcart are running a crowdfunder appeal at: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-southcart-big-move
Money raised through the appeal will go to moving costs, a new shop front, book cases and a deposit. There are many fantastic rewards for supporters and Southcart will create a wall of fame and community wall where all backers will be given a spot.