Pop-up bookshop celebrates first year


Clemo Books has been operating in Newquay for a year and celebrates its first anniversary on Sunday October 30 at Newquay Farmer’s Market.

The pop-up independent bookshop has hosted bestselling author events, free children’s storytelling sessions and taken part in numerous book launches since it began in October 2021.

Founder and bookseller Jaimie Poyner is celebrating the pop up bookshop’s first year of trading in and around Newquay by thanking the people she has met and worked with along the way.

She said: “I want to extend my gratitude to all of the local businesses who have shared their space with Clemo Books, to the people who have purchased a book or stopped to say hello and to the Clemo book club members who I look forward to seeing every month!”

“Setting up a business during this period has been daunting, however, people in Newquay are extremely supportive of the idea of having a bookshop here. I think it’s wonderful to see reading and print is still very popular in our seaside town,” she added.

As well as pop-up book markets, Clemo Books also launched a subscription-based book club, Clemo Club, where members meet once a month in Newquay to discuss the chosen title. The group has grown in numbers since it launched in January and fulfils Clemo Books aims of “curating books and creating community”.

Clemo Books is now preparing for a busy autumn and winter season with a line-up of pop ups organised at locations including; Newquay Farmer’s Market, The Old Counting House, Sprout Health Foods, Sprout Spoken and Limehouse Yoga Studio.

People can find out where Clemo Books is popping up next by following them on social media @ClemoBooks or by visiting the pop up page on the website. Customers can also shop a curated selection of books on the website.

“Bookselling has been a very fun experience so far and I hope I can do it in Newquay for many years to come,” Poyner added.