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Indie Bookshop Phlox Celebrates International Women’s Day in Connaught Village
March 4 @ 7:30 pm - April 3 @ 11:30 pm
To celebrate IWD, Connaught Village invites indie bookshop Phlox Books to pop up over March with women-focused books and female author events featuring the likes of Abi Daré and Mona Arshi to showcase the female experience in literary form.
Founder of East London independent bookshop Phlox Books, Aimée Madill has proudly been serving ‘Books. Booze. Coffee’ since 2017 and is no stranger to pop-up bookstores in her role as ‘go-to’ for festival bookshops. On this occasion, Aimée has taken the opportunity IWD has presented to platform female authors and host a series of events in Connaught Village. Located at 12 Connaught Street, the pop-up will operate as a bookshop and events space where notable authors will discuss their work.
At street view, the front of the bookstore will feature hand-painted illustrations by female illustrator Alezeia Fidalgo who has a penchant for books and creating original illustrations to accompany the text.
The first event at Phlox Connaught Village will take place on the day itself, Tuesday 8th March, with award-winning author, Abi Daré, whose debut novel ‘The Girl With the Louding Voice’ was published in 2020, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. Abi will be joined by Mona Arshi, a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 and poet whose debut collection of poems received the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and appeared in the Poems on the Underground series. Arshi will be talking about her debut novel, ‘Somebody Loves You’ (published 2021). Events will continue throughout March with a selection of authors handpicked by Aimée. Each event will see a discussion between the authors and an open forum for the audience to explore different themes of the female experience.
Each event promises guests a deep dive into each woman’s creative process and an excellent chance to explore their views on IWD, the female gaze, and their respective literary futures. Wine will be served, provided by Connaught Cellars, in line with Phlox Book’s mantra of making bookshops relaxed, social spaces.
Tickets for the event are free, but registration is necessary, although some spaces will be reserved for walk-ins. Visit the Connaught Village website events page to register your place here: https://www.connaught-village.co.uk/events/