Local authors, delicious cupcakes and a cosy interior: Horsham’s latest pop-up has it all
This weekend saw the opening of Daisy White’s Booktique, a pop-up bookshop selling work by independent and small-scale authors and publishers, on the top floor of Rachael’s Kitchen in Horsham. I went to have a look around: having never been upstairs in Rachael’s before, I was very pleased to find a warm, pretty space in which I could easily have whiled away an afternoon. Well-worn wood flooring, mismatched white wooden chairs, artwork on the walls, plus a big squishy sofa by the windows make it look like a someone’s living room (with more tables). The Booktique neatly fits into the cosy room – a simple, slimline black bookshelf sits either side of the rustic fireplace. One is for adults, the other is stocked with kids’ books. ‘Diary of a Bride to Be’ by Charlie Plunkett sits next to local writer – so local, in fact, that he works downstairs in the cafe – Sam Leeves’ fantasy fiction: there’s something for every genre.
‘I’m excited about them all, but perhaps especially our first book of the week – “A Table in Berlin” by Mark Davies (Mackerel Press), and books by renowned East Sussex publisher Circaidy Gregory,’ says organiser Daisy White. This isn’t the first Booktique in Sussex – Daisy’s venture has been going since May 2013, and one is due to open up in Southwater soon.
The cafe has ‘read-in’ copies that you can peruse while enjoying a coffee or a cupcake, and there’s also a selling exhibition of artwork by local artists – pieces by Jane Salter and Nicki Figgins were on show when I visited.
Ever since I read ‘Bookends’ by Jane Green, I have wanted to see more independent coffee shops and bookshops come together, so the Booktique at Rachael’s is an absolute winner for me, especially because I can have a look round then enjoy a strawberry and cream cupcake with a REALLY thick layer of buttery icing.