Book on Wheels

A novel pedal-powered bookshop is making its first appearance in Lowestoft at the Two Rivers book festival. The shop bike is based at Book and Prints in the High Street, a short uphill ride from the festival venue at Christ Church Hall. Four significant cultural figures will be on stage for First in the East on Thursday 9 September at 7.45 pm.

Hugh and Lisa Davies dreamt up the mobile bookshop because they wanted to take their bookshop to events in the wider community. So they designed and built the answer from plywood and high-performance resins. Three wooden storage boxes transform into a roadworthy bicycle trailer which unfolds into a six-foot-high double-sided bookshop complete with a protective umbrella canopy. It can display over 200 books and a selection of their own handmade prints.

Lisa Davies is thrilled with the result: “We are delighted that for our first trip out with the mobile bookshop we have been invited to the Two Rivers book festival event here in Lowestoft.”

First in the East features distinguished publisher and Booker prize judge Liz Calder and Lowestoft producer Genevieve Christie talking about Flipside, Full Circle books and the First Light festival. They are joined by Nathan Hamilton, Full Circle’s new publisher at the UEA. The event is chaired by Lowestoft-based publisher and ex-creative writing professor, Martin Goodman.  And of course, the mobile bookshop will be there, stocking titles from Full Circle, UEA and Barbican Press. 

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