Koomson, Griffiths and Jafari appear at Brighton's Book Makers

Koomson, Griffiths and Jafari appear at Brighton's Book Makers

A pop-up volunteer-run bookshop in Brighton is to host a programme of live events, featuring authors including Dorothy Koomson, Elly Griffiths and Sara Jafari.

The Book Makers is a charity-run enterprise revolving around a mentorship scheme where established authors mentor diverse new voices. It launched earlier this year, spearheaded by local crime writer William Shaw. It was set up in collaboration with Brighton-based arts charity Creative Future, and is a pilot by Brighton & Hove City Council in partnership with traders' organisation Brilliant Brighton. 

From September the shop will roll out series of events and workshops programmed by Creative Future, Shaw himself, New Writing South and Writers Mosaic. Jafari will appear in conversation with Koomson, in addition to signing copies her of debut novel The Mismatch (Cornerstone). Griffiths will be launching the sixth instalment of her Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries, The Midnight Hour (Quercus); Joelle Taylor will lead a poetry workshop; and there will be open writing sessions on mental health and nature journalling.

Shaw said: "The shop has been a huge success in its first few weeks, not just in terms of book sales. A lot of the work has just been about having conversations that usually start with us asking people who pop their head in the question, ‘So are you a writer too?’ It’s amazing the number of people who answer, ‘No', then, after a moment’s hesitation, change their minds and start to tell us how they’ve been trying to write since forever."

He told The Bookseller: "One of the main features of Creative Future’s programme has been about writing and wellness, so alongside open writing sessions run by New Writing South, they have programmed workshops like Write Yourself to Better Mental Health and Nature Journalling for Wellbeing. We have a couple of sessions working with the Mass Observation archive too, using the diaries people kept for them as writing prompts.

"Alongside that we have names like Elly Griffiths, who is launching her book The Midnight Hour—at midnight, and Peter James, who is supporting us with a book signing session, plus poet Joelle Taylor, talking about her latest book. We’re also featuring new voices like Nadine Matheson and Aliya Al-Afzal; Dorothy Koomson is interviewing gal-dem contributor Sara Jafari, while Colin Grant will be talking to Jarred McGinnis." 

Booking is now open and the full programme is available to view on the Creative Future's website.