Reading has always had the reputation of being a solitary affair. The book has often been a symbol for the introverts spending their Friday nights with their fictional friends rather than their real ones. Lord knows my fiancé frequently tells me off for reading so much and being “dead to the world” while I’m stuck inside a good novel.
But it’s not always that way.
Children learn to read with parents, sharing stories at bedtime or after school, and joining in class reading time sitting cross-legged on the carpet with the rest of their classmates. Even for adults, book clubs are springing up all over the place and people will travel a long way to hear their favourite authors read an excerpt from their latest publications.
Bookshops themselves carry a similar reputation, a place to wander around in respectful while you marvel the shelves, maybe eventually deciding on a purchase (or in my case, five). I have to wonder how this happened; bookshops have always been a hub of the local culture, with literature documenting what matters to the local people. This is even more the case with used bookshops, which have on offer books that have once been loved and cherished by our neighbours.
Bookshops are a pocket of the community, and The Big Comfy Bookshop is no exception.
Sure, Michael may seem like the stereotypical grumpy bookshop owner immortalised by everyone’s favourite drunk Irishman, but underneath that hardback exterior is a happy-go-lucky scamp. Or something.
And that’s why we have a lot of events going on at the shop. From poetry nights, to folk nights, and gaming nights covering everything from Dungeons and Dragons to classic video games. We have things for writers, book lovers, music lovers, and everything in between. It makes the shop a more vibrant place, offers the people of Coventry something more, and takes the loneliness out of book loving.
And now we’re opening up the doors for even more fun stuff!
We’re inviting people to use the bookshop to host their own workshops, events, clubs, or get-togethers. Whether you’re a crafter who wants to share your expertise, want to host a regular get-together for a shared-interest group, want to teach a language, or something entirely different, you could do it with coffee, cake, and beer surrounded by some of Coventry’s most loved books.
This could be a great business opportunity for you to branch out with your hobby, and a great way for the community to engage with one another. So get involved! We’re aiming to have something going on every day to attract all kinds of people and offer more things to the people of Coventry.
No idea is too crazy (except for maybe martial arts – we’re a limited space!) and nobody is unwelcome. If you’ve got an idea or an event you’d like to host at the shop email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Page to get in touch.
In the meantime, I’ll be huddled up in the corner with a good book.