BAMB 7Qs with Liz Lefroy

Liz Lefroy will be joining us on Books Are My Bag day - Saturday 10 October -  between 9 am and 11 am! For the first hour, Liz will be our special guest poet at our Poetry Breakfast and afterwards she'll be enjoying cake as well as chats, photos and book signings!

Liz Lefroy is a local poet who in 2011 won the Roy Fisher Prize for her work in poetry. This award, which is endowed by Carol Ann Duffy, resulted in the publication of her first poetry pamphlet, Pretending the Weather. Since then, Liz's second and third pamphlets have been published with the most recent, Mending the Ordinary, receiving praise from the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke. As well as her poetry pamphlets, Liz posts thoughts and poetry to her blog, I Bought A New Washer.

1) Why are high street and independent bookshops important to you?

“For so many reasons! Bookshops are places to browse, to slow down, to imagine what I might read somewhere else - on a beach, in bed on a Saturday morning, sitting on a hilltop. If I get stuck making a choice, I can ask an independent bookseller for advice. As fellow book lovers, they can share their enthusiasm and take me to new places in my reading. And real shops are excellent for buying gifts - there's nothing like seeing the book in the flesh to know whether it's just right for that special person."

2) Name your three favourite independent bookshops (apart from us, of course!). What makes them special?

“My favourite independent book shop (apart from Wenlock Books) is Stanford's in London. It specialises in maps, which I love looking at, and travel books (more opportunities for dreaming!). I am a fan of Booka Books in Oswestry which is a great place to meet someone for coffee, and Pengwern Books in Shrewsbury."

3) What is the best, funniest, quirkiest or most moving experience you have ever had in a bookshop?

“Stealing My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan Edwards after being star-struck meeting him again at the Edinburgh Book Festival. I didn't mean to, and I did pay in the end, and he's been sweet about it. It's a book worth paying extra for. Make sure you buy your own copy."


4) What three words come to mind when you think of Wenlock Books?

“Lovely Anna Dreda!"

5) What has been your favourite book of 2015 so far?

“Published in 2015 - Andrew McMillan's Physical. New to me discovery - Primo Levi's The Periodic Table."

6) What books are you looking forward to reading before the end of the year?

“Next on my reading list is Simon Winchester's The Map that Changed the World. I am also finishing Jim Crace's Harvest and will be ordering the new Emergency Poet anthology."

7) What are your top three desert island reads?

“Well, that's a difficult question!
1.  Anna Karenina - Tolstoy
2.  Being Human - Bloodaxe poetry anthology (can I have Staying Alive and Being Alive too, please?)
3.  The Periodic Table - Primo Levi - because of the quality of his writing and the diversity of subject matter covered"

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