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A new beginning

Wow, February and March flew by... The big move turned out to be a blessing, more people discovered the shop and so many are loving seeing the space in that beautiful building. Meridyn and I are happy with the way it looks, but I am sure it'll change over time.

Say hello to Cecelia and Helen who have both worked in the 'new' shop over the past few weeks and will be back when I need a day off. They are both avid readers and share many of the obsessions I do (handmade, stationery etc). Cecelia is doing a creative writing degree and tutors school students.

I am excited to be hosting the poetry event with the lovely Lizz Murphy this month, please come along for an afternoon of poetry, music and maybe a glass of wine. Register below or let me know via socials, email (, or in the shop.

Have a great Easter break everyone!


Poetry event

Local poet Lizz Murphy will be in the shop on Saturday 30th April from 3pm to read from her latest book, The Wear of My Face.

The event will have an 'open mic' session, so if you would like to share some of your poetry please get in touch.

Please register for the event, so I can organise catering.


The 2022 Indie Book Awards were announced last week. Trent Dalton's Love Stories won overall Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Book of the Year. The other winners were:


Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy


The Silent Listener by Lyn Yeowart


Still Life by Amber Creswell Bell


Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad


The Monster of Her Age by Danielle Binks (Lothian Children's Books)

The Stella Prize shortlist was also announced this week. I have free Stella Prize shortlist bookmarks to help you remember the titles. This year's shortlist includes poetry and the winner will be announced on 28 April, just before our poetry event.

New stuff

I am SO excited to stock Mount Vic and Me teatowels, socks and cards, if there is anything in particular you would like me to get in, let me know. There is a Crookwell teatowel, so I think we need to campaign for a Yass one!

I went a bit mad on Pepin wrapping paper books, sticker books, writing paper sets and papercraft books. They are gorgeous and the wrapping paper books are good value. I am a 'bit' of a paper/sticker hoarder so I love these. They make great gifts too.

Last but not least - at all, is the wonderful Oak Magazine. I have copies of the latest edition (10) in stock now. It features businesses in Gundagai, all run by amazing rural women and includes a wedding section.

@christianbarkla @oakmagazineau
@christianbarkla @oakmagazineau

New releases

There are too many new releases in the shop to list. Many of them are in the Autumn Reading Guide, out on Wednesday. Grab a copy from the shop, or your favourite coffee spot.

Best sellers

Best sellers in the shop in March were:

Dancing with Dandelions by Kelly Cameron

Love Stories by Trent Dalton

Be Your Own Wildflower: 30 daily affirmation cards inspired by Holly Ringland's beloved book The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

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Hi Jo, I live in Murrumbateman and I've been longing for a local bookshop. And look, here you are! I'm so delighted. I'll drop in when I'm next in Yass and check out your new home (so glad it's in the theatre, too). 😁

cheers, Robyn

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