A popular Shropshire bookshop sold its final Penguin ahead of closing its doors in June. Wenlock Books, which has been on Much Wenlock High Street for over 30 years, has felt increasing pressure as customers turn to online sources for their books.
Owner Anna Dreda has run the shop since 2003, having previously worked there, has been a huge part of the creative community of the town and county, hosting literary and musical events, and initiating the Wenlock Poetry Festival, which has attracted literary luminaries such as Andrew Motion and patron Carol Ann Duffy.
The cosy, atmospheric store has also hosted Anna’s annual Christmas Eve reading, a magical gathering of children to hear the classic poem ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’, or ‘The Night Before Christmas’.
Anna will still be writing her popular book reviews for What’s What! – but Wenlock will surely be a poorer place without Wenlock Books.