The Bookcase has always tried to support local authors, and the Nottinghambooks website was set up in 2008 with this very much in mind. We hoped in this way we could advertise local books more widely, while providing an opportunity for people living further afield to buy online. We’ve certainly succeeded in this as we’ve sent books as far as Japan, Australia, USA and Canada as well as all over Britain.
The website features books written by Nottinghamshire authors and books about Nottinghamshire – the county, its towns, villages, sport, past-times, folklore, food, building, artists, transport and its history and, of course, books produced by our own publishing arm, Bookcase Editions. Our aim is to include everything in print that has a local connection. So if you know of anything we have missed, please let us know.
We’re also very happy to help local authors launch newly published work by hosting ‘mini’ launch parties – we’ll provide the venue, wine and nibbles – just contact Jane to fix a date.
Those who have launched books at the Bookcase in the past include Catherine Arnold, Elizabeth Baguley, Duncan Hamilton, Eve Makis, Jon McGregor, Stanley Middleton, Nicola Monaghan, Alan Sillitoe and many others.
Here’s Stephen Ebden outside the Bookcase in 2011 with his novel The Wordsmith
and Jackie Skinner at the launch of her Festival Cook Book in 2007.
Local Authors at the Festival
We love having local authors at our Summer Book Festival, both established authors and new writers, and we’ve made sure Nottinghamshire is represented every year. Alan Sillitoe appeared at the very first festival in 1999 and came regularly until his death in 2010.
Alan signing books in 1999.
Alan with Jane at the launch of the Bookcase Editions version of Leading the Blind in 2004.
This group of local authors gathered together for our version of the Big Read in 2003 – Stephen Booth, Clare Littleford, Elizabeth Chadwick, Jon McGregor, Alan Sillitoe and Stephan Collishaw.
Stephen Booth and Jon McGregor, along with several other, now well-known writers, including John Harvey and Eve Makis, have featured frequently over the years, but we’re always delighted to welcome new faces as well.