In December 2016 I bumped in Hazel and Tracy from Village Books who asked me what I was working at. I said that I was footloose and fancy free and they replied, “oh come and work for us”. This was too good an opportunity to miss, I knew Hazel for many years and despite being competitors we always got on well.
I began working there in January 2017 with the key task of persuading publishers to work with us and host book events with Village Books in Dulwich. This proved to be a very easy task, mentioning Hazel and myself in one sentence turned out to be a winning formula with author and book events quickly coming our way.
We kicked off our 2017 events with Maggie O Farrell discussing writing to 225 eager fans, quickly followed by Cathy Rentzenbrink and Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan discussing A Manuel for a Heartache. We rounded off our Spring/Summer events with none other than Gail Honeyman talking about Eleanor Oliphant.
Our autumn events included authors Judy Murray, Rachel Joyce, Sarah Winman, Yotam Ottolenghi, Alexander McCall Smith, Judith Kerr, Robert Harris, Adam Kay, Salley Vickers, Evan Davis, Alison Weir and our highlight with Philip Pullman.
The Spring of 2018 saw us host the lovely Tom Kerridge then Elly Griffiths, Joanna Trollope, AJ Pierce, Christie Watson, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Antony Beevor.
Hosting the best author and book events in Dulwich continued into the autumn of 2018 when I set up events with Sebastian Faulks, Graham Norton, Sir Chris Hoy, Yotam Ottolenghi, Patrick Gale to name a few.
Leaving in June 2018 was sad as I thoroughly enjoyed being part of such an experience bookshop team. Hazel’s knowledge, experience and insight in our industry is a skill to be marvelled at and a pleasure to work with. However, life changes for us all and a move home to Ireland had always been on my to do list.
Saturday June 30 saw the car packed and we set off for the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin and a new life.