I wanted to share with you an exciting addition to the Cardiff scene, and it comes in the form of a bookshop-come-cafe bar!
If you are in Cardiff Bay, you will now find Octavo’s Book Cafe and Wine Bar on West Bute Street.
It is owned by the publishers Octavo, who have offices above the cafe. They are providing a space in which you can browse the books that they publish and buy some food, cake, an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink then you can sit down and chill out in the book area or their cafe area.
What has excited me most about it is that they have a section of erotica writing, hoorahhh!
Octavo is a division of Accent Press, and by coincidence, they have also recently merged with Onion Custard Publishing, who published the I AM WOMAN book that I wrote a chapter for! (you can buy that here)
So although Octavo is a new company, Accent Press has 14 years in the industry along with Onion Custard. What makes this company really special to me, is that Xcite books is a part of Accent Press, which is an erotica publisher that has won multiple awards for the work they have done. They display their books proudly (although not in a way that people would find offensive!) in the shop and make no judgement of the people who buy them – like me, they believe that sex should be talked about more, and without shame.
The bookshop provides books for everybody. The erotica fiction is only one part of the huge array of books they have, which includes some great Cardiff-based books and lovely greetings cards. They also have a children’s book section along with a little tent for them to play in!
It was their grand opening yesterday. I got there at 4.30pm and they were recovering from the busy-ness of the day. They had a reading by Katie Fforde who was their writer in residence for the day, and they were absolutely packed, what a successful day!
I was able to have a chat with the Event Co-Ordinator, Emily (they are planning on having a lot of events at the venue with various authors, speakers and musicians, which sound great) and we now have something in the diary for a talk by myself, I can’t wait to share the details with you!
Hazel Cushion was there too, the founder and Managing Director of Accent Press, working behind the bar with the other workers. I met her a couple of years ago (pretty much to the day, weirdly!) to chat more about the Xcite end of the company. She is such a fabulous woman – so down to earth and so good at juggling the various aspects of the company and it’s divisions.
I want to encourage you all to pop in there when you are next in the Bay, like their Facebook page and check out the events they are organising. I have a feeling that they are going to have something for everyone. Whether you are a bookworm, a wine conoisseur, a coffee fan, have children, or like the sound of gourmet chips, you should pop in.
Here are some more pics I took: