Salisbury mum set to inspire next generation of readers

Salisbury mum set to inspire next generation of readers

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:43am 14th November 2019.

Jo Boyles is working flat out to turn a former city bar into an independent children's bookshop.

The Bridge Street venue was most recently @Home, and before that Truth and Moloko.

But going back even further, it was the Everyman Bookshop, so Jo wants to return the building back to that use.

Rocketship Bookshop Salisbury Bridge Street November 2019
Jo Boyles has a background in bookselling, having worked at Waterstones in Salisbury for the last 15 this year

She's been explaining to Spire FM why she wants to do it: 

WHAT'S PLANNED? 

Jo is currently in the midst of stripping out the building ready to become the bookshop.

She's planning to use both the upstairs and downstairs, with lots of work to do to get it ready.

Rocketship Bookshop Salisbury Bridge Street November 2019
Jo's aiming to completely refurbish and redecorate the inside of the building

Jo's hoping to stock books for all ages from babies up to young adults, as well as some titles by local authors.

She says she's keen to 'promote reading for pleasure' to the next generation.

Rocketship Bookshop Salisbury Bridge Street November 2019
The Rocketship Bookshop is hoping to be open in February 2020

HUGE SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPORT

Jo launched the idea of opening an independent children's bookshop on Twitter, and the response has been phenomenal:

That original tweet has gathered more than 25,000 likes, and 1,700 retweets in just a few days.

It's also gained support from some famous names from the world of children's writing: 

 

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