Praxis Makes Perfect will soon be appearing again in its festival incarnations at Latitude and Number 6 Festivals, and it's wonderful to be reminded of that bank holiday weekend in May when a corner of Carfdiff became a branch of a worldwide revolutionary movement and declared that 'Reading is Resistance'. A number of people have been in touch since then to ask for the recipe for our infamous Champagne Socialist cocktail (it's a secret I'm afraid!) and also to ask about the marvellous folk who provided the bookshop-in-a-shipping-container which kept people engaged and informed as we sipped our cocktails and awaited entrance into the performance. Well the Praxis bookshop was provided by the brilliant The Hours, from Brecon. You can visit their legendary shop in Brecon Tues-Sat 10am to 5pm at 15 Ship Street, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9AD Here's what the Guardian had to say about them:
Bookshops are only usually like this in dreams. Housed in a three-storey Tudor building, all exposed stone walls and inviting nooks, the Hours is a bijou shop stocking just 1,000 covetable titles (fiction, art, poetry, crime, children's titles, walking guides and local interest) in an environment to invite lingering. The current owners opened the shop in 2010 after years in the corporate sector. They wanted to create a place to stumble upon and cherish, and they've succeeded. Next to the books, there's a brilliant cafe with free wireless internet access and papers; upstairs there's a comfy reading room. The shop takes its name from the working title for Mrs Dalloway. Virginia Woolf, you feel, would have loved this tranquil, creative place.
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