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Bookish destinations in and around Warwick to have on your radar

Whether you’re a literary fanatic or just looking for some research to help you through your degree, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the many bookshops, libraries, and literary events that the Warwickshire area has to offer. Here, we break down eight of the most essential bookish locations available right on the University of Warwick’s doorstep. 

Coventry Central Library, Coventry 

If you’re looking to broaden your horizons outside the University Library, it’s only a 10 minute journey to visit the Coventry Central Library. Perhaps the largest building on our list, aside from offering a wide selection of reading material in a variety of different languages, the library also has an active events calendar. They’re also hosting performances by many up-and-coming musicians throughout October and November this year. 

Warwick Books, Warwickshire 

Situated in the heart of Warwick, Warwick Books boasts to be the town’s only independent bookshop. If you’re not enticed by the complimentary tea and coffee, Warwick Books is also a fantastic place to meet some of your favourite authors, at one of the many book-signings and workshops hosted on site. Previous guests include Jack Sheffield, Helen Cullen, and Sebastian Faulks – definitely a spot to keep your eye on in the coming months. 

Waterstones, Leamington Spa 

A staple for all Leamington Spa residents. If you’re looking for a new release, this is the go-to location. Situated conveniently in the centre of town, Waterstones carries a wide selection of both fiction and non-fiction books, and their staff are always extremely helpful and friendly,  ready to help you find whatever it is you need. 

Astley Book Farm, Bedworth 

If you’re looking for books that already have a story to them (no pun intended), Astley Book Farm in Bedworth is the largest second hand book store in the Midlands. Be sure to enter this renovated barn when you have a couple of hours free – with the delicious cafe, cozy reading nooks, and even a hayloft hideaway for children, it may be difficult to tear yourself away from this unique location. 

Leamington Literary Festival, Leamington Spa

Mark 26 November down on your calendars. This intimate event will feature writing workshops, book launches, readings, seminars, and of course a chance to buy some new books! It’s a great opportunity to meet with some authors and expand your literary scope, all while enjoying the ambience and baked goods in Temperance Cafe. Our very own Warwick Literature society has partnered with the festival this year, so feel free to come along and show your support for your fellow students. 

The Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry 

Are you searching for a book that’s long been out-of-print? The Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry stocks second-hand books of all genres. In the daytime, browse the wide selection of used books or have a cake in the cafe, and come evening, treat yourself to live music, quizzes, book club events, or even grab an alcoholic beverage from their bar.

Duncan Allsop Antiquarian Booksellers, Warwick 

If you’re taking a trip up to the historic Warwick Castle, don’t forget to pay a visit to Duncan Allsop Antiquarian Booksellers. In here, you’ll find stunning vintage editions of classics, as well as more modern texts. This bookshop has a particular interest in texts with a connection to Warwickshire, so if you want to get to know more about the beautiful area surrounding the University, it’s definitely worth a trip to support this local business. 

Warwick Words History Festival, Warwick 

Tickets are already selling fast for this year’s Warwick Words festival. This year, there’s a wide variety of speakers on many different subjects. There’s everything from Elizabethan biographies to the history of the Aston Martin. We encourage anyone with an interest in literature or history to pay a visit to Warwick in early October for this unique event.

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