Book Corner Bookshop based in Halifax, Yorkshire is an independent bookshop situated in The Piece Hall, a building that dates from 1779 and is the sole survivor of the great northern cloth halls. This building with such rich history is now home to an amazing independent bookshop with a massive section dedicated to children’s books, so that everyone in the family can have fun. In celebration of Independent Bookshop Week Comma Press had a chat with Kate, owner of Book Corner.

Q: How did Book Corner Halifax get started as a bookshop?

A: The regeneration of The Piece Hall in Halifax was brilliant for the town and something I really wanted to be involved in. I’d run the Book Case in Hebden Bridge for a few years and jumped at the opportunity to open a second shop in this historic building.

Q: Can you share some pinnacle moments in the history of this bookshop?

A: Starting our own festival, The Halifax Festival of Words, was a huge achievement for us that we are very proud of. We have had some wonderful events over the 3 years we have been open, including the UK launch for Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession with Bluemoose Books. We even had a Royal Visit, when the Duchess of Cornwall visited us in her capacity as Patron of The Book Trust.

Q: What makes Book Corner Halifax unique? 

A: Our stunning setting in The Piece Hall and having equal space for books for adults and children has made us a popular family destination.

Q: Why do you think bookshops are important? 

A: So many reasons, but when families visit and the children, parents and grandparents all find books they are excited about, it is so lovely to see that shared enjoyment. 

Q: What do you love most about Book Corner Halifax? 

A: It’s lovely to be told every single day what a beautiful bookshop we have and complimented on our stock. We all work so hard to make the shop the best it can be so it’s great to feel were getting it right! 

You can shop from Book Corner on their bookshop.org page: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/bookcornerhx

By Khadisha Thomas

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