Very sad. Probably a contributing factor was its location. The town's shopping mall - called "the mall" ( inspiring eh? Hope nobody got paid for that branding ) has recently had a facelift and that's where most of the public surge through. Waterstones is ( sorry, was) located on the traditional high street outside the mall - sat like some beggar hoping that somebody that chances by might show compassion and tip them a few coins.
So er well the local signing of my novel later this year will have to be at the library - but maybe that's not a bad thing - maybe we're looking too much for commerce to prop up the arts and we need instead places like the library to - o hang on - they're closing them to right? Arh. Well so far my local library is safe probably for the rest of this year anyway. ( I'm going to start digging a moat around it, I'll stock it with crocodiles - snap,snap.)
Where will it all end? Do you think Tesco's would let me do a signing and set up a table with my books next to the baked beans? Where do you think the best place would be?
Cereals? The nappy aisle? Wine & Spirits?
O I just can't decide.
The Ascent of Isaac Steward coming summer 2011. Special signed copy with every £50 spent at Tesco's. Terms and conditions apply.