Welcome to 2017. This year we are widening the focus of our spotlight posts to look beyond the work of Patron of Reading: Haringey Chapter and to examine some of the other literacy-supporting initiatives and organisations in our amazing borough. We start with… the Big Green Bookshop itself.
Tim West and Simon Key opened the Big Green Bookshop in March 2008, after the big chain store where they worked in Wood Green closed, leaving the area with no dedicated bookshop. After much joy and much frustration and a huge amount of help and support from the local community the Big Green Bookshop opened its doors to fanfares and cheers and a cake or two.
In 2015, Simon and Tim also founded Big Green Bookshop Education CIC (BGBE) – a not-for-profit social enterprise – with the generous support of customers and friends of the shop. BGBE enables Tim and Simon to extend the bookshop’s established community role. BGBE works currently with the formal education sector on projects including this one: coordinating Patron of Reading: Haringey Chapter.
Meanwhile, the Big Green Bookshop continues to develop that central community role. The bookshop provides regular activities such as writers’ groups, music groups and Tim’s legendary Storytime and Songs for Under 5s, and also hosts other informal learning opportunities in partnership with local organisations, such as Drama Train and Railway Fields.