Michael Morpurgo is among a host of authors supporting the opening of a new bookshop in Newquay.
Clemo Books will open on Newquay’s high street this winter and authors from far and wide are sharing their love of bookshops and their importance within our communities ahead of the new shop opening.
As well as the War Horse writer, a slew of bestselling authors and poets have voiced their support for Clemo Books’ new permanent bookshop including; Patrick Gale, Wyl Menmuir, Hollie McNish, Kris Helenga, Charlie Carroll, Naomi Jones and Tracey Williams.
Morpurgo said: “Just think how many readers are going to walk into this new bookshop in Newquay over the years to come. Just think how one book enjoyed might make a reader for life. Just think how wonderful a pathway that is and will towards knowledge, self-knowledge and understanding. I just think that Newquay, all who live there, and visit there, will have lives enriched. I love thinking such thoughts. Just hope one or two of the books will be mine!”
Naomi Jones, author of The Odd Fish and How To Make A Story, said: “Clemo Books is run by a passionate, knowledgeable bookseller and I am so excited for it to come to Newquay on a permanent basis. It will be amazing to have an independent bookshop within our local community to share stories and help promote a love of reading. I can’t wait!”
Jaimie Poyner, Clemo Books founder and bookseller, commented: “After announcing our plans we have received incredible support from the local community and we’re overjoyed that so many people in Newquay are excited to have a bookshop on the high street again.”
“But to have the support of authors has been really special. Their words have highlighted how all generations can find enjoyment in a bookshop, access culture and discover a love of reading. We’re so grateful for their support and of course Clemo Books will be stocking their titles,” she added.
The new bookshop will be part of the national trend which is seeing the return of independent bookshops to the high street. UK bookshop numbers hit a ten-year high in 2022, according to the Bookseller Association.
Clemo Books has been a pop-up bookshop for two years and has now secured a permanent high street position in Newquay. The bookshop is now Crowdfunding to raise money to support the business during the set up stage.