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Weʼre raising £15,000 to keep a volunteer led bookstore open in an underprivileged area of Belfast

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We’re a volunteer run bookshop in a socially disadvantaged area of North Belfast and had pretty much ran out of money after 4 years of subsistence book selling.

We’re based in the heart of a working class area and for reasons of sectarian geography and class issues, this part of town isn’t a destination address to many, if any. Some days in the winter months we don’t have a single paying customer at the shop, but we’re still there helping the community with housing issues, writing letters to government bodies for people with learning difficulties, supporting people with mental health difficulties, alcoholism and drug addiction. We're much more than a bookshop.

The reason this matters so much to us is that John’s own father, who passed away this year, could barely read and as such never read him a bedtime story or helped him with his homework. That in a nutshell is why John willed Belfast Books into existence on Belfast's York Road in 2014 and why he’s still passionate after over four challenging years. No one else before or since in Belfast has been stupid or brave enough to go right into the dark heart of illiteracy; shine a book-light in and bring Rowling, Steinbeck, Orwell, Pratchett and Wilde at cheaper than Amazon Marketplace prices to a working class area.

Thankfully our supporters have been very generous, and we're heading toward the £1000 target we set to keep the wolves from the door for now.

We can't all rest on our laurels though, and like those of you who didn't vote for Shan in X Factor, you shouldn't assume that we're safe. We need you to give what you can, and just as importantly share our crowdfunder on all social media platforms that you use.

There’s nothing in it for you, no t-shirt’s, no rap songs personally written for you by Mr Books , no tiered donation rewards, no equity - nothing like that. What there is though is knowing that when the call went out, you answered it as best you could and you helped keep a good thing alive. Have a look at the love there is for us in the comments of those who have donated before you.

If you're vegetarian or vegan we would advise that you stop reading now, as the next bit is primarily about bacon.

As well as books, we're massive fans of the Ulster Fry, Anglo-Irish Fry, Occupied Six Counties Fry, and even the 26 Counties Irish-American fry. Yes, that one with the pancake, hash brown and black and white pudding. In fact, it is pretty safe to say that we run pretty much all the fry related slabbering in Belfast.

The reason we're aiming to raise £15,000 in this crowdfunder is because we want to open a cafe on our first floor. Not any old cafe, but a cafe that specialises in regional fry ups from all over the UK and Ireland.

Imagine a cafe where asking for fried bread with your fry didn't get the staff whispering and taking a ninja pic of you in case they need to show it to the 5-0 at a later date. Imagine a place where you can see vegetable roll on a plate with the plastic still on it (saves on dental floss). Or whatabout a place where ordering fried Veda with your fry doesn't lead to a loud alarm going off and shutters coming down? Chips with your fry? According to a few of our Twitter followers, that's a 'Golfers' Fry'!!!

With your help, we can all have that place. Salivating much? Donate and watch the figure rise.

Ideally we’d like to get much more than £15,000 and would use that to open another bookshop and cafe in a working class part of Belfast with more footfall than ours.

We’d ask that you don’t go all spammy here tormenting famous authors and chefs and famous boxers from Tigers Bay, but we’d like to get this appeal worldwide and put it in front of those who might be able to help financially.

It would be a great Christmas present for this small part of north Belfast if the wider world could give of itself to promote literature and literacy in this place and to open a cafe that is more 'try bacon' than Tribeca.

Thanks for reading.

Cara & John (aka Mrs & Mr Books)

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Page last updated on: 12/12/2018 3:07 PM



  • David O'Connell

    David O'Connell

    Dec 12, 2018


  • Elizabeth Byrne

    Elizabeth Byrne

    Dec 12, 2018

    Books are the best, frys almost as good. Brilliant plan! Good luck with it.


  • Carolyn Arnold

    Carolyn Arnold

    Dec 5, 2018


  • Robert Maxwell

    Robert Maxwell

    Dec 4, 2018


  • Keithbelfast


    Dec 2, 2018

    For fans of pancakes across north Belfast.


  • Anonymous


    Dec 2, 2018


  • Paul Patrick

    Paul Patrick

    Dec 2, 2018

    Hope you reach your target. Keep fighting. 😎👍


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John Junk

John Junk

Belfast, UK

Known as Mr Books. Part hero, part idiot.

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