As many of you know October Books has been looking for a new team of people to take over the running of October Books.


With Ian wanting to retire, Laura emigrating and Vanui leaving due to changing childcare commitments, October Books has been looking for a new team up for a challenge! Well we’ve put together a team of four who we think are perfect to take October Books forward.


Meet: Joey, Clare, Jaquie and Jess!



Joey is a freelance writer in the niche field of interactive fiction. This year one of his story games won an award for ‘Best Puzzles’. He has two philosophy degrees and a lifelong love of reading, with a personal library of nearly a thousand books. Recently he’s enjoyed reading an experimental novel by George Perec, Life: A Users Manual.



Clare is involved in many local groups and organisations in the city, including Transition Southampton, Southampton Scrapstore, Climate Conversations and Free Books Southampton. She loves the outdoors and exploring the unexplored urban spaces and has written a book of over 30 walks from railway stations in the city and beyond. A favourite recent read is Juliette de Bairacli- Levy’s ‘Wanderers in the New Forest,’ depicting a simple rural life in the 1950s.



Jaquie is the treasurer for a couple of local charities the St Denys Community Centre and Southampton Quaker Meeting. She is also a singer-songwriter and performs her songs at folk clubs and open mic sessions around Southampton. She’s recently enjoyed reading ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ and ‘The World According to Bob’ (as you might guess, she has a cat).



Jess has been a volunteer at October Books for a while now, so some of you might recognise her face. She is one of the founding members of Hampshire Feminist Collective and helped to organise ‘Southampton Reclaim the Night March’ and ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ events. Jess has recently gained an interest in foraging, with ‘Food for Free’ becoming a bit of a bible. She’s also found inspiration in ‘the Urbane Forager: Fruit and Nuts for free’ by local author Alan Gibson.


Of course these four are only our paid staff members. October Books will continue to run as a co-operative with Volunteers and Collective members vital to the future of the shop. You will also still spot Ian around the shop as he plans to join us as a volunteer to ensure a smooth transfer and teach the new team the ropes.


If you would like to support October Books in this new phase and help to keep October Books running for years to come please do think about volunteering with us.

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