Prospero’s Project Opening Party

No posts for awhile; the last few weeks of working on our new venture were a bit distracting. Months of planning and thinking and overseeing and deciding and changing our minds and fretting . . . Now all behind us: Prospero’s Project is open!

And what a pleasure it is! If you missed the party, here are some images – most of the photographs taken by James Ratchford.

Thanks are due to authors Damian Barr, Jo Fairly, Juliet Nicolson, Lynne Truss and Jacqueline Wilson who together cut the ribbon in front of a crowd numbering 100 or more.

Thanks, too, to everyone who came, for helping make it such a memorable day!

A centerpiece of the day: The unveiling of a specially-commissioned artwork by Su Blackwell – click here to see photos of it.

Come along to see it for your self . . . Prospero’s Project is open Friday through Monday, from 1 until 5pm.

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House of Books Installed

When we commissioned Su Blackwell to make a book (and gave her books from five centuries to use!), we had no idea what she would decide to make.

Now we can reveal the result – a stunning sculpture celebrating the world of books, based on our own shop. And filled with silhouettes of customers and friends, making it an amazing and amazingly personal work for us to share.

We’re grateful to Su for creating such a special piece – and hope you’ll be able to stop by to see it, now that Prospero’s Project is open (Friday to Monday from 1 to 5, since you ask!)

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Snow Days!

Flurries of snow came with the freezing weather this week – but neither the arctic temperatures nor the white stuff daunted Mark Martin and his team.

The result of their work: A shed filled with bookcases.

And it turns out that Much Ado staffers were not to be outdone – no sooner were the bookcases installed than David Newman and Kay Hussey rolled up their sleeves and set to work cleaning shelves and – hooray! – shelving books.

Uppercase and Flow . . . Distracting our contractors?


The latest issues of both Flow and Uppercase have arrived. Hope they don’t distract our builders too much!

Envious of Mark (he’s reading Flow No. 20) and John (inspired by Uppercase No. 36)? You can have us post copies to you – click here to see our webpages with ordering details . . .