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Two of the secondhand bookshops I loved in my area were Cofion in Tenby and Animal Kitchen in Narberth.
A bit west of Tenby--is that St Florence or Manorbier way, perhaps? I taught as a supply teacher in Greenhill School a few years ago, but actually live up in the Preselis.
Croeso! I suppose you might also class West Wales as Dyfed (Pembs, W Carms, S Ceredigion) if it wasn't for the fact that the modern short-lived county of Dyfed was not a loved creation. (By all accounts; I wasn't living here then.)
Like the moniker, by the way. Pun by name, pun by nature!
The despised 'D' word is still used by many address databases and its sometimes impossible to get them to alter. Anyway, Dyfed was originally cognate with Pembrokeshire - it was incorporated into the kingdom of Deheubarth by Hywel Dda in 950.
By any name, though!
It is a second hand bookshop packed with treasures! It is pretty hard to find though, they seem to be attempting to hide themselves from the general public :)
If you go right up the main road, past the clock tower until there are no more shops, then turn right down one of the little side streets as though you are going towards the Old College it is on your right, no other shops or cafes or anything on the street, just Ystwyth Books. I always thought it made it like a magic bookshop from a story, like it might not be there the next time you went to find it :)
What a joy to find such wildness in a world otherwise obsessed with tamed books.
(PS I'm not paid any commission by them on sales...)
No, don't say that about Llantrisant, nowhere deserves to slide down a hill!
By the way, I have a daughter just moved to Nelson, which has the surprising attraction of a still-open library. Can you recommend any decent bookshops in the area when I go to visit her?
Any suggestions welcomed!
Let's stop all this 'them and us' and acheive equality, love and respect for our fellow men
I started this off with "I'd be interested in hearing from other book-lovers in West Wales (Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire)--favourite bookshops, secondhand sources, reading matter preferences, local interest stuff etc." So I'm not sure where this 'them and us' aspect comes in.
Stop this parochialism, embrace other cultures.
Thanks ed.pendragon. I'm glad to know about Seaways in Fishguard and hope to make a visit next week with my two teenage offspring, both of whom are lovers of books. Weather permitting, we will also walk some bits of that wonderful coast path around Pen Caer Strumble Head and wonder at the ancient forts and standing stones on Garn Fawr/Garn Gilfach.
I was wondering which part of Pembs to visit until reading this thread after a long break from LibraryThing.
Glad to be back!
The stretch of the coast path you mention is lovely if, at times, a little invigorating! There is an ancient cromlech (technically, an "earthfast tomb") near Llanwnda with a standing stone in a field nearby. Garn Gilfach was claimed (wrongly I believe) by an antiquarian as a corruption of the name of the hero Culhwch who's mentioned in an Arthurian tale in The Mabinogion, a great tale which features a giant boar which Arthur chases over the Preseli Hills. This stretch is also the site of the Last Invasion of Britain in 1797.
If you ask in the bookshop, they have a decent selection of local interest books. Have a good trip--hope the break in the recent good weather promised for the next week doesn't materialise or you'll get a little damp!
Lizstansbridge - Are you sure you've commented on the right thread? Bit confused.....
Thanks, that's a useful page to keep as reference. I note how few there are here in the valleys... West Wales looks very well served though!
Particularly if you're walking the coast path, or having a family boating holiday in the Pembrokeshire Newport, you might like to browse the Carningli Centre (http://www.carningli.co.uk/ and on Facebook). There used to be a specialist bookshop there but that closed three or four years ago; then the wholefood shop started stocking a bigger range of new books. But don't neglect the Carningli Centre: as well as antiques, art and railwayana they have an intriguing and ever-changing range of secondhand books, and the owners are friendly...
I went to a really good event in Tywyn last month: http://www.helensandler.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/lanternlit.html I went as a spectator but you can bring poems or prose to read in the open mic. We also heard stories from the writers Jane Whittle and Ann Weatherby; next month will see a reading by VG Lee. It was a lovely day and I was thoroughly entertained by bright, engaging and BRAVE people. Really recommend this to readers and writers, and would make a good venue for a meetup - the pubs nearby look decent and there's also the cinema at the same venue.
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