Cake and Books ~ a little bit of heaven in Lincoln

photo-4I recently had the pleasure of visiting the BookStop Cafe in Lincoln and, I must say, it’s even more wonderful in person than the photos convey! Especially now that my novel, Once Removed, memoir, A Life Less Lost and several anthologies, which include my work, reside on those very shelves 😉
Joff Gainey tells us the story behind this fabulous enterprise:
photo-3Becky and I have both been interested in books all our lives. We love reading and the escape provided by the stories. Twelve years ago we retrained ourselves by attending the same teacher training course at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. Becky is, presently, still teaching and I, due to family circumstances became a house husband and threw myself into writing. My first book, self published last October, Sleeping On A Cloud has been in my head since childhood. House husbandry gave me the chance to place on to paper.
Understanding, between us, that life was difficult for Indie Authors, and the venue becoming available, we both realised our dream of combining a cafe with books was possible. If we could support local and independent authors as well, even better.
We sell their books along with second hand books. The authors are providing copies for sale including an extra copy for the customers to read/browse and then hopefully buy. We are also considering having art/paintings on the walls to help local talent to display their
Our plans for the future are to provide allocated story hour. Where children may come along and listen to stories. Becky and I have both been story tellers. On a similar note we hope to have special story evenings e.g. ghost stories around Halloween, Christmas stories, themes of a variety of subjects.
Amongst all this we sell tea/coffee, cakes, sandwiches and ice cream.

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