Launch of literary haven in Usk café
Popular Usk café, Sprokwobbles, in Bridge Street, is launching a new initiative to create a literary hub for local authors to showcase and sell their books in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
The launch kicks off with a special opening event on Friday May 20, from 6pm onwards, with an open invitation for people to come along, enjoy a welcome glass of prosecco and nibbles, browse the books and meet some of the authors.
On display will be titles produced by Saron publishers, based in Mamhilad, as well as books from other published authors such as Julie McGowan, and writers who have self-published.
Julie said: ‘‘The idea came about because a group of us were interested in the idea of an Usk literary festival, and we had all of our meetings in Sprokwobbles.
‘‘Unfortunately, Covid restrictions put those plans on the back burner, but our meetings did make us realise just how many talented writers and poets there are in the Usk area, but their work is vastly under-represented.’’
The books on sale are wide-ranging, and include general novels, crime thrillers, memoirs, short stories, local interest works, and some children’s books, including those by Ken Dancer, whose daughter Rebecca owns Sprokwobbles, which was named after one of Ken’s characters.
Rebecca said: ‘‘Usk works hard to support local traders, with our regular small markets and independent shops, so it’s great to be able to provide this outlet for local writers and authors as well.
‘‘I hope lots of people will come to our launch on May 20 to give their support to this new venture, and enjoy a friendly drink and stimulating chat.’
Independently published and self-published local authors who would like their books to be included can call 07851 291696 for more details.
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