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Sandspout Bookstore

 

The Sandspout will open in December 2019 in the town of Dolgellau, Snowdonia, as a small, independent and enthusiastic bookstore. It will specialise in second-hand and new books of twentieth century fiction and poetry, especially from the United States, an eclectic collection of titles ranging from American pulp to Beatnik poetry; also books on jazz. It will be open throughout December, Easter week and the summer tourist season, not necessarily at other times; its opening hours are yet to be determined, but perhaps will not start much before 11.00am.

The shop will incorporate a bijou, relaxed cafe that offers fine tea (mostly tea leaves in a tea pot), coffee and sometimes cake. Abfab music will be on the CD. The shop will host occasional events – particularly jazz and poetry – and will accommodate themed literary evenings and general talks, and, hopefully, writing groups; silent films may be on show on its big screen (two MDF sheets, painted white, taped together). There will be a reading group which will meet monthly.

The shop seeks to be participative and will encourage input from its community – offers to help with the hoovering appreciated always; this does not mean it is to be a zany or hippy kingdom, although love and world peace, long hair and beards, organic crap and shamanism may be encouraged. You can expect 10% discount if you have dreadz (cool), are a milk maid, will wash my car, or dig Miles Davis and can explain why.

It is an anti-wi-fi zone (to stop you having too much of a bad thing). The bookstore thinks the internet is great but that the written word is greater; it abhors democracy and adores anarchy (in a sort of non-postmodern, dodecaphonic sort of way). It will suggest that you should buy a book because you want to read it and not because it is cheap, although this shouldn’t give publishers or booksellers the license to overcharge (unless they can get away with it). The shop has a no petting, diving or bombing policy (unless with the owner). And if you are genuine and enthusiastic, you are always welcome.

Two examples of customer service that it held itself up to: Black Books and the brilliant but now forgotten Marty Feldman.

 

(Read the Sandspout’s pompous manifesto here.)