Friday, August 12 2022

A LIBRARY created to sell radical literature has been serving the community for over 40 years.

October Books was created in order to provide radical alternative literature to what was widely available.

Claire Diaper, 56, who leads the October Books team, said: ‘The bookshop was set up to provide radical books, to provide alternative literature to what was widely available at the time.

“It was and still is important to sell literature that is not widely available in order to represent the voices of our community and to raise awareness and inspire learning about people’s different experiences.

The bookstore has its origins in the radical bookstore movement which was fueled by a desire to access alternative political ideas.

In 2018 the local community raised over £300,000 for their own building.

The team began looking for another building and around the time the former NatWest Bank in Portswood High Street came on the market.

Plans were drawn up, with the help of the community they raised over £300,000 and the premises were purchased.

October Books has also recently become a community benefit society, which means they carry out activities that will benefit their community.

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