Alington House is a well-loved community centre just up the road from the People's Bookshop. It is also badly in need of a new roof, so members of Transition Durham at Alington House have organised a fantastic event this Saturday (3/9/11): 'Dig Deep for Alington House'
Last April, Natalie Hanman in The Guardian declared that Radical Bookshops were bucking the trend of independent bookshop closures (two a week during 2009) and even thriving in certain areas of the country. There is a real and obvious nostalgia for radical and left-wing bookshops partly because nothing has replaced them, either online or in the community. However, I know from my brief discussions with a number of established radical booksellers that times are still tough and that just surviving is a real struggle.
I hope Ed Miliband enjoys his day tomorrow. It's a shame he couldn't find a window in his diary to attend the Durham Miners Gala.
Imagine a world without books. A depressing thought, most people agree – but a notion that has been chattered about for the last decade.
24th June: So, anchors away, then. The good ship @peoplesbookshop has set sail into the choppy waters of independent bookselling at last.
„Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.”