Authors flood to Cumbrian bookshop re-opening

Authors flood to Cumbrian bookshop re-opening

<p>Authors across the spectrum of genres turned out in support of the New Bookshop in Cumbria&#39;s Cockermouth, which re-opened at the weekend (4th July) after being devastated by floods last year. </p><p>According to <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jul/05/new-bookshop-cockermouth-cum... target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em>, </a>Hunter Davies, Ann Cleeves, Matt Hilton and Jacob Polley were among those to turn up at the opening. </p><p>&quot;Hunter Davies came down because he lives locally, crime writer Ann Cleeves and poet Jacob Polley were there, and we had local thriller writer Matt Hilton too,&quot; the shop&#39;s owner Catherine </p><p>Hetherington told the paper. &quot;People are so pleased to see us back &ndash; we&#39;ve had so many people say they are so pleased to see another step being taken towards Cockermouth getting back to itself.&quot;</p><p>A handwritten poem by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, written at the time of the flooding, was auctioned, with all proceeds going to the bookshop, while Polley wrote a poem for the occasion, which he read to shop visitors.</p><p>The opening was also backed by a host of authors from publisher Pan Macmillan, including Ben Fogle, James Cracknell, Scott Turow and Andrew Marr, all of whom donated signed copies of their titles.</p><p>&quot;To see the hard work and devotion of the New Bookshop being destroyed overnight was heartbreaking and we at Pan Macmillan are determined to help in any way possible,&quot; sales director Geoff Duffield said. &quot;Independent bookshops are the lifeblood of our business and as publishers we utterly depend upon the passion and commitment of booksellers.&quot;</p>