Tell us about Ottie and the Bea.
We are purveyors of playfulness and creativity – an independent children’s shop, based in Blackheath South East London, established in 2010. We offer a curated selection of books, toys, gifts. Everything in the shop is centred around imaginative play, creativity and storytelling. We are at the centre of our local community and we host a variety of events from book clubs, to workshops run by illustrators, makers and authors.
Describe the bookshop in three words.
Creativity, playfulness and imagination.
What do you love about working here?
I am surrounded by a wonderful selection of curated books and toys and no day is the same – every interaction is new and exciting.
What are you excited about reading next?
I tend to have at least three books on the go. I am halfway through Sally Gardner’s Invisible In a Bright Light, a wonderfully haunting story about a crystal chandelier that falls and splinters into a thousand pieces, a central character who is abandoned as a baby on the steps of an opera house and a very dangerous game called the Reckoning…
I have just started Hilary McKay’s, The Time of Green Magic. I loved reading Skylarks War a phenomenal piece of writing that showed a group of friends supporting each other as they grow up and became entangled in the First World War and today I started Sophie Anderson’s The Girl Who Speaks Bear. I found her Baba Yaga inspired House with Chicken Legs mesmerizing.
Which upcoming events should we look forward to?
So we have two author/illustrator events this half term:
22nd October 3-4pm
Author Jen Campbell and award-winning Illustrator Katie Harnett
Thursday 24th October, 2-3pm
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