Wansteadium reader and expert in children’s publishing Jodie Marsh (not that one, this one: @Jodiemarsh31) writes:
This website community and blog have been recently discussing the problems Wanstead High Street is facing with some of the current retailers moving off to pastures new, or just not managing to survive the difficult time. So, with that in mind and as a relatively new resident (seven months) I thought Iâ€™d throw my two-pence in. Itâ€™s idealistic, perhaps, but itâ€™s simple – Wanstead needs a childrenâ€™s book shop!
Childrenâ€™s bookselling is the only part of independent book retail in growth, and in comparable areas of London there are indie specialist childrenâ€™s bookshops are not just surviving, but thriving: Tales on Moon Lane in Herne Hill; Victoria Park Books in my old stomping ground of Hackney; Pickled Pepper Books in Crouch End… I work in the childrenâ€™s book industry as a literary agent and I know these bookshops well. They are proper hubs of the community; running social events, high profile author events and mini literary festivals, book clubs for adults and children, they work closely with the local schools to promote reading for pleasure and are just a joy to have on the high street. In the right premises such a shop could have a cafe to give The Larder a proper competitor and as an area with a high proportion of affluent young parents it seems to me a no-brainer. If I had the capital Iâ€™d start it upÂ tomorrow! I hope someone takes up the challenge.