Some months ago, between COVID lock-downs in NSW, we set up Rochford Cottage Bookshop. We had been selling our own publications (Rochford Press/Rochford Street Press) for decades, back to the 1980s when we would tramp between bookshops trying to get them to stock P76 (a gestetnered magazine of writing and art) and setting up illegal pop-up bookstores on the streets of Newtown, Erskineville and Glebe. But we have always been inspired by the notion of small press and poetry bookshops – particularly the NSW Poets Union Bookshop of the 1980s and the wonderful and legendary Collected Works bookshop in Melbourne, and decided that it was time for small press bookshop of some sort in the Blue Mountains.
Our original intention was to concentrate on local markets, particularly arts and crafts markets, to create a ‘pop-up’ poetry and small press bookshop and then to move on to readings and writing events. Eventually the aim was to find a space which could also support readings, launches etc. We managed to squeeze in a few markets before the big lock-down and now, of course, we don’t know when we will able to return. The bookshop currently is currently on-line only and consists of a combination of new and second hand titles. We are concentrating on buioding up our stock so that when it is possible to return to physical stores, we will be ready. So currently Rochford Cottage Bookshop is currently running out of our very crowded garage and, during this extended lock-down we are trying to keep everyone reading poetry through both Rochford Street Review and Rochford Cottage Bookshop!
We are happy to accept books on consignment (with a discount of 30%) until the end of this year when we will review the discount. If you are a writer or publisher who is interested in selling books through the Rochford Cottage Bookshop please email us with details of your books at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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