The launch of a bookshop is always something special. This one is extra super special for many reasons. Firstly because it is the brainchild of one of our events lady Jenny which makes us feel very proud. Most importantly, because it started its life as an old battered caravan and was renovated into the cosiest, cutest bookshop ever. Here we chat to Jenny about how it all came about.
How did you come up with the idea of turning a caravan into a library bookshop?
Whilst walking around Ossett one day with my daughter trying to get her to sleep I had the idea of creating a shop, after a spiral of thoughts of how much I love illustrated stories and how amazing it would be to run a shop! I realised that I am not very good at being in the same place all the time, plus overheads would be an issue, so it dawned on me that a mobile shop seemed to be the most creative solution! We bought a caravan from Ebay and turned it into a shop. Simple! (kind of)
What's the significance of the name?
Jenny Wren is my family’s nickname. My husband Ben bought me a record from a charity shop many moons ago, the title of which was How Brave Is The Wren. He bought the record because of the cover. The record is a school project, an operetta written and sung by school children. There is no date on it, which is a shame but anyone from Grendon Primary School that was once involved in such a project this shop is named in your honour!
What reaction do you get?
Kids love it. I think there’s something quite magical about sitting in a caravan reading books, and grown ups seem to like it too.
What are your plans for the winter?
We’re going to be setting up for a week during October half term at Packwood House in Lapworth. It is an amazing National Trust property, which we visit a lot. For December we’re booked in for the second Square Pegs event on 12th in Liverpool. The first one was a lot of fun so we’re looking forward to going back and hopefully get some other dates booked in around that.
Thank you Jenny! Wishing How Brave is the Wren a long and happy life.