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Welcome to Alnwick, The Accidental Bookshop!

Come to Alnwick and support a wonderful independent bookshop with the friendliest staff you could hope to meet.

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Welcome to Alnwick, The Accidental Bookshop! It’s always an exciting day for a community when an independent business opens it’s doors to the public for the first time and today was that day for The Accidental Bookshop on Narrowgate in Alnwick.

After a ‘soft opening’ this past weekend, this morning owner Helen Stanton and her staff were joined by singer/songwriter and now author Kathryn Williams to officially open the bookshop.

As the owner of Forum Books in Corbridge, The Accidental Bookshop is actually the second store that Helen has opened in 2021 (no mean feat in any year!), ‘the bound’ in Whitley Bay was opened by Vera author Ann Cleeves in May.

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While Alnwick is well known for secondhand and rare bookshop Barter Books, The Accidental Bookshop offers new titles and events for book lovers in Northumberland. Alnwick now has two fantastic bookshops that compliment each other perfectly (as well as our friends at The Alnwick Lions Bookshop)!

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“The things that independent bookstores have to offer include a depth of experience, convenience, employees who tend to be more engaged with their inventories, contact with local authors and books from your area, and many other small but significant perks. Healthy bookstores can offer community outreach programs and events to promote literacy and celebrate the world of the written word.” – www.biblio.com

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So when you have run out of something to read, need a gift for that special someone or just want to browse a great selection of books, pop into The Accidental Bookshop and help welcome them to Alnwick!


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