You wouldn’t have thought I had much reason to sulk, not when I’ve just had my first womag publication!! Yes, my short story Knit Picking can currently be found in June’s edition of the Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special. Please do check it out. Needless to say, I’m totally delighted and still quite stunned!
No, the reason I’m cross is that my absolute favourite spot to write – an independent bookshop and organic coffee shop is closing down 😦 Langtons has been trading for nearly 60 years and is well known locally as a haven for all book lovers. It’s very unique and has a warm and cosy atmosphere.
Living in a fairly small flat (with no room for a study or anything) means that I often get sick of writing at home, plus there are just too many distractions. One day, I dream of living in the countryside, writing full time in a lovely study overlooking the hills… But in the meantime Langtons offers me some respite from the flat, delicious coffee and cakes plus time to focus fully on my writing. There’s free WIFI, but I choose not to use it, so’s not to waste any time on Twitter and Facebook!
But it’s soon to be no more. Langtons have said that the economic climate, plus rising costs makes it impossible for them to keep on going…I still live in hope that a rich, literary benefactor might find out about it and offer a lifeline (If you happen to be one, please get in touch!!) but it doesn’t look likely.
So, at the end of this month, I’ll be bidding a fond farewell to Langtons, vowing to make an even bigger effort to support other independent book stores in my area and start the long and arduous process of finding a new cafe for my writing… *braces herself for a mammoth round of coffee and cake*