Award-winning Sussex indie reinvents itself with social enterprise space
Much Ado Books staged a star-studded launch for Prospero's Project, its new social enterprise space in Alfriston. Cutting the ribbon on the venture were (pictured from left) authors Jo Fairley, Jacqueline Wilson, Lynne Truss, Juliet Nicolson and Damian Barr; and Vesna Goldsworthy talked about her fiction with Clara Farmer, her publisher at Chatto. There were more than 100 guests in all.
Prospero's Project provides, in partnership with the Trussell Trust, new books for people who use foodbanks, as well as supporting the King's Academy Ringmer. Its building - the former Much Ado bookshop, revamped - houses new and second-hand books, as well as a book arts gallery, an events space, a writers' retreat space, and a printing room.
Cate Olson and Nash Robbins were booksellers in the US for 20 years before moving to England and establishing Much Ado Books 15 years ago. Much Ado was Independent Bookshop of the Year in the 2007 Book Industry awards.