At the Book Case we understand that many customers want a quiet place to browse, but that it is also important to be able to ask advice from helpful and well-informed members of staff. All our staff have years of experience in working in the book trade, and we all have areas of specialism if you need in-depth help on your book choices.
I have worked at the Book Case for the last five years as the children's book buyer, and have previously worked in other areas of publishing, as well as being a qualified primary teacher. I am married with a son, who is an avid reader and enjoys keeping me up to date with the best of children's reading.
Jake Kirkwood has previously run a secondhand bookshop in Leeds, and currently works part time as the administrator for a housing co-operative. When not doing this, or working in the Book Case, he will continue to provide a warm place for cats to sleep. An occasional contributor to the magazine 'Northern Earth', and an organiser and participant in Earth Mysteries walks across Northern England, he has a particular interest in landscape mythology and psychogeography. His reading interests are wide and varied, including science fiction, modern literature, arts, history, and Forteana.
Simon is a fine art illustrator whose work has included his Memoria Histórica series, documenting an excavation of a Spanish Civil War era communal grave in northern Spain. He is currently working on a new series illustrating a poem by George Mackay Brown, and we are lucky to have him as our art and design specialist.
Carol is an author who has lived and worked in the local area for most of her life. She is our local history expert with particular knowledge of the textile industry, architecture and old buildings and local folklore.
Felicity has managed the Book Case from its opening 26yrs ago. Although she has recently retired and moved away from the area, we are very lucky to still have the benefit of her advice and experience in her capacity as a consultant to the Book Case. Felicity also remains heavily involved in Royd Press, the Book Case's small press publisher for local interest titles.