Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop first opened on 24 May 2011, a year after we moved to Machynlleth from Nottingham. Diane is originally from Essex and Geoff from Aberdare, South Wales and now the shop is both our home and our business. We began with only second-hand books, but soon added new books. We're now members of The Booksellers' Association and sell a carefully selected range of titles across a wide range of subjects and specialist areas.
We are supported by a growing customer base - local book-lovers and summer visitors, as well as support from independent and major publishers, other supportive booksellers, the Welsh Books Council, specialist wholesalers and many authors and writers who have contributed to our success.
We are located on the road into Machynlleth from the railway station, just a few doors from MOMA Wales, a major art gallery. Both of these are important connections for us. The bookshop has three rooms with level access throughout. The rooms have a regular display of works as a gallery space as well as books for sale and browsing. We are open Monday to Friday, excluding Thursday, from 10.00 until 6.00, and on Saturday from 10.00 until 4.30.
We also stock a selection of greetings cards, including the very popular range provided by Candlestick Press in Nottingham: beautiful booklets of poetry, on a wide variety of themes, that can be posted for the price of a first class letter.
As members of The Booksellers' Association, we sell and redeem National Book Tokens. We have our own book tokens that are only for use in our shop and they, like the national book tokens, make excellent gifts.
We order new books from all the major wholesalers, with books generally arriving the next day with no extra charge to the customer. We do book-searches free of charge for second-hand books and for new and out-of-print books that customers can't find or don't have the time to look for. We have decided not to buy books from customers as a general rule, preferring to hand-pick books on our regular forays from the bookshop.
We send out a regular e-mail events diary with the latest news about author readings and book-launches, special offers on books, book promotions and news about current and future exhibitions we are putting on – please contact us to add your email to the mailing list
We have a photographic dark-room, available for hire by practising photographers and, finally, we have a lovely, very comfortable Danish sofa for people who, just for the moment, prefer sitting to standing, whether reading or not. Come and try it.