Contact Us

For general shop info, opening times etc. see the footer of our website, or visit our Contact page (you'll find a simple contact form there too if you still can't find the info you're after). 

If you're interested in our free book ordering service, or information and booking for our events, please use the relevant button below the form.

Thank you for your interest. Geoff & Diane.

Call 01654 700559

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3 Heol Pen'Rallt
Machynlleth, SY20 8AG

(01654) 700559

We're an independent gallery bookshop based in Machynlleth, mid Wales. It's our blend of bookshop, selling a carefully selected collection of reads and pick-up-and-flick-through books – and gallery space to inspire you while you're browsing. We host events too, book readings, author talks, photography and art openings. 

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Signs of Spring - Larch coming in to leaf, photographed at Ynys Hir RSPB reserve just outside Machynlleth

Throughout the summer months we'll introduce our special author focus promotions - beginning with Diane's current recommended reads, Rachel Cusk's trilogy: Transit; Outline; Kudos. Rachel is published by Faber.

 Author: Rachel Cusk

Author: Rachel Cusk

Our special relationship with Faber means that we'll be able to stock all of the author's titles at a discounted price, while stocks last.

We also stock 'O'r Pedwar Gwynt' a literature review for Welsh readers, as well as Golwg weekly news and views and Lingo Newydd, for Welsh Learners; Planet: The Welsh Internationalist and a small selection of contemporary journals for all those who are interested in books, ideas and the complicated, endlessly interesting world in which we live.

Titles featured here are available in the bookshop with a 10% discount for customers on our events email diary contact us  if you would like to be added to our events email diary

order from this website and we'll mail to you post free.

If you travel to Machynlleth by train and produce a current rail ticket you claim 10% discount off new books. Don't be shy about mentioning the discount when you purchase, if we forget.

Thanks for your speedy service – Richard is delighted with his birthday presents. It’s nice to have the opportunity to support a local bookshop. I’ve signed up to Ethical Consumer and we try & use it to guide our purchasing decisions.
— Heather, happy customer, May 2016


Our ethos

We are in the fortunate position to be able to choose what subject areas to stock and what to avoid, based on both our own and local interests. We sell books - new and secondhand - by good publishers, with authoritative texts that reflect the richness of books - books that inform and inspire readers and writers and strike a chord with ourselves and our customers.

We made the choice not to run a car over 10 years ago. So, we source our second hand books using public transport, carrying rucksacks or pulling our trusty shopping trolley to help minimise our carbon footprint, selecting each book individually to suit our stock as we go.

Specialist areas

Besides photography – our main specialist area – we maintain an impressive selection of books on the visual arts, built environment, poetry and contemporary music. Other important areas include current affairs, politics, nature writing, the environment, writing, books for Welsh learners, children and fiction. Our Welsh language titles are integrated into the general stock and cover the same subject areas, where possible.

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.

Book ordering service

If you've got a book in mind that we don't hold in stock, out of print or new, we can advise you and order it – new books ready for collection next day in most cases.

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The bookshop

nature writing
Current Affairs

We hold a carefully selected range of great new and second hand books to inform and inspire you.

some of our recent new books