I have always thought it would be nice to work in a bookshop. My trip to London has reignited in me the love for books and the fact that these places are really needed especially now in this age of the sterile and banal dominance of internet giants that sell books.

I would love to set up my own bookshop in Chester-le-Street. But is there a market for it? Who would buy books from a small bookshop? Or would it be something that would offer other stuff combined? In our obsession for coffee and places to relax could something be combined?

I know NOTHING about setting up a business and making it work. I don’t know squat. What I do know is the town I live in has a number of people who are crying out for a quality place to sit, read, socialize and be a part of something.

I know that a good percentage of businesses do fail in the first year and it’s about putting in 100% and working seven days a week.

My goal? Get more people reading. More people interested in talking with each other and not just online and an odd word or two on Facebook.

My vision and dream? To see local bookshops discuss not just reading and local issues. People not being forced to attend. Not bogged down in politics and keeping things light and in perspective.

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Gari Wellingham

UK-based musical theatre geek previously living with a brain tumour!

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