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Independent author and publisher Martin Costello of Newark is opening A Fine and Tiny Bookshop based in LetsXcape cafe in Newark Market Place, set to launch during Newark Book Festival





The tiniest bookshop in town is set to open to coincide with the start of Newark Book Festival.

A Fine & Tiny Bookshop is being set up with the aim of promoting independent writers and publishers by stocking their works, and will launch on Friday, July 12.

It is the vision of Newark-based writer and publisher Martin Costello, and will be based in the LetsXcape Coffee House in Newark Market Place.

Martin Costello of Newark who is opening a tiny bookshop in LetsXcape cafe, Newark.
Martin Costello of Newark who is opening a tiny bookshop in LetsXcape cafe, Newark.

Martin said: “There is a thriving writing community in the Newark area and we want to make the town a hub for indie writers everywhere – the bookshop is a big step in that direction.

“There has never been a better time to become a DIY publisher given the great opportunities that new technology affords anyone with the creative spark and dedication.

“We want the bookshop to be a place that promotes these hard-working and unique writers, both from the local area and farther afield. A place where the reading public can discover the writers that are doing it for themselves.”

The bookshop, which will carry around thirty titles initially, will exclusively stock and promote independent authors with a strong local representation, together with ‘indie’ writers and publishers from around the UK.

Martin cites Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Atwood and J.K. Rowling as just a handful of examples of the most famous self-publishers in literary history and says that among Fine and Tiny’s bookshelves could be the next Harry Potter.

Martin Costello of Newark who is opening a tiny bookshop in LetsXcape cafe, Newark.
Martin Costello of Newark who is opening a tiny bookshop in LetsXcape cafe, Newark.

The bookshop is intended to encourage people to visit both the town and the café, where they will be able to buy books at the till, scan a QR code to read more about the books on offer, or even sample some of them over coffee.

Martin is an educationalist, spoken word performer, writer and artist who lives in Newark and has established a small independent publishing house, Another Small Press.

Under this imprint he has published his own volume of short stories and several other writers, with five books presently available and a further five to come later this year.



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