Welcome to the People's Bookshop
The People's Bookshop is an independent, radical bookshop in the heart of Durham City. Dealing mainly in second-hand books, we aim to fill the gaps left behind by the headlong rush towards best-sellers, e-books and add-on sales. We believe that bookshops should reflect their communities and radical bookshops are an important part of the creation of a better world. If this were only about big ideas, it would be centred on the idea that 'another world is possible', but it is also about those little ideas, local histories and forgotten stories that are only preserved in the pages of actual, real books.
The People's Bookshop is conveniently located on the way up to the Cathedral & Castle in Durham City, just off Saddler Street. You'll find us up a 'vennel' - alleyway to non-Durhamites - which leads to (you guessed it!) the famous Vennels Coffee shop. The short climb up our very 'historic' staircase is rewarded not only by a wonderful view of the Castle but by our fantastic selection of second-hand and rare books, including:
- People's Politics
- Local History
- Trade Unions and Labour History
- Biography and Diaries
- Football Writing
- Poetry & Literature
- Collectable Books
We are trying to be more than just a collection of books, however. The People's Bookshop is a place where people can relax, browse and read certainly - but also discuss ideas, learn more about the history of the North East and get involved in community campaigns. Hey, isn't that what bookshops used to be like?
As part of the Durham Book Festival, we're delighted to welcome Will Kaufman to the People's Bookshop
Sunday 11th October 4pm:
Will Kaufman's WOODY GUTHRIE: HARD TIMES AND HARD TRAVELIN' is a captivating "live documentary" that sets the songs of Woody Guthrie in the context of the American 1930s - the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself. Such hard-hitting Guthrie songs as "Vigilante Man", "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "I Ain't Got No Home" are brought into conversation with other relevant songs - from Joe Hill's "The Preacher and the Slave" to "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?". Altogether the show highlights the blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie's most powerful work.
Tickets - £10.00
Buy tickets via PayPal below or in the bookshop (Thurs - Sat)
„Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books”