A Guildford takeaway for Daisy White’s Booktique

Daisy White with The Hotel Inspector's Alex Polizzi at a previous pop-up

Daisy White with The Hotel Inspector's Alex Polizzi at a previous pop-up - Credit: Archant

Literary entrepreneur Daisy White has brought her popular moveable bookshop, Booktique, to Guildford this December.

A High Street showcase for independent authors and publishers, the concept has been so successful that they’ve now expanded to include Booktique and Gallery areas to support a wider range of independent creatives.

“For smaller ‘indie’ publishers and authors, despite the current trend for self-publishing (or perhaps because of it), marketing and promotion can be financially draining, or even totally beyond reach,” explains Daisy.

“Pop-up bookshops utilise empty shops, train stations, markets, galleries, and community spaces and our key to success is versatility, and the ability to adapt to any location. Pop-ups can be as short as a day, or up to six weeks (currently a favourite with landlords, as they can take advantage of the government incentives - something empty shop owners desperately need if the high streets are to recover).”

While The Bookshop element offers a platform for publishers and writers, The Booktique section stocks everything you need to snuggle up with a book, including organic chocolates, soft furnishings, candles and more from independent producers.

The Gallery, meanwhile, offers the chance for talented new artists to display their work alongside the literary goings-on.

Sharing the shop in Tunsgate Square Shopping Centre throughout December will be local independent publishers Hogs Back Books.