July 18th – 25th is Independent Bookshop Week, and this is my second post celebrating the indie bookshops in my life.
Before leaving Devon, I lived just a few doors up from Crediton Community Bookshop. When the owners of this indie bookshop wanted to close, a group of locals decided it was too important, and set about rescuing it.
They set up as a not-for-profit social enterprise, and sold shares to nearly 300 people in order to raise the funds they needed. My husband bought me one of those shares.
All of the shop’s profits are reinvested in local literary projects and arts initiatives, and the shop has gained Michael Morpurgo OBE, Dame Babette Cole, and William Trevor KBE as patrons. It promotes local authors, supports and hosts literary events, and champions children’s literacy, all under the steam of volunteers.
This shop is a shining example of what these places should be: a hub of the community, an outreach project, as well as a shop that truly nurtures a love of books. It really is a special place that shows that indie bookshops can enrich, nourish, and belong to all of us.