Local deliveries and mail order

Are you running out of reading material in lockdown?  If you are in Kenilworth, I can deliver some second-hand books to you.  There will be a charge for this of £10 for a bag of six books or £5 for three books/children’s books, but the money will go to my fundraiser to help musicians who have lost their livelihoods during this pandemic and get no government help.  (See my earlier post, Here the arts are freezing…)

If you are not in Kenilworth and would like me to post books to you, I can send a box of four novels (fiction only, I’m afraid) for £10 inc p&p, with the proceeds after postage going, again, to my fundraiser.

These will be, essentially, surprise packages.  You can give broad likes and dislikes, but I can’t do individual requests easily – our stock is limited at the moment.  But we have loads of books, and people really ought to be reading them rather than have them locked in a shop!


‘Here the arts are freezing…’

A video that says more than my post yesterday about why I am raising funds to help musicians during the loss of live concerts and gatherings.  Please watch, I know the lighting is still terrible and I’m still in my dressing gown, but it’s all heartfelt!

The quotation in the title of this post is from the 16th century: it’s from a letter from the humanist scholar Erasmus to his friend Sir Thomas More, in which he introduces the painter Hans Holbein to him and asks him to find him work in England, because the Reformation is bringing a loss of opportunities to artists in Germany and Switzerland.  500 years on, the arts are freezing again, because of COVID-19 and the lack of a government response to the financial needs of independent artists and investment in the arts generally.  Watch the video for more!

Please consider giving £5 to my fundraiser – and if you can’t (and I know some can’t!), then please share the Ko-Fi link listed below.

Here are some links:

The article about the letter to the UK government signed by 400 people across the arts.

My fundraiser through Ko-Fi to give a small amount to musicians.

And below the graphic by musician Jon Wilks, mentioned in the video, showing ways that you can help – I also mention subscribing to their YouTube channels, the video explains how that helps.

help musicians jon wilks

Support live music

Fleetwood Cave at the Tree House Bookshop

Here are some ways that you can support musicians:

Buy their music – via Bandcamp or the artists’ websites (they get most money from those sales)

Subscribe to their YouTube channels – it’s free, easy, and when they get to 1000 subscribers they can do more with their channels, including monetising them

Share stuff on social media – their posts, their online streamed gigs, their websites, their YouTube channels, etc.  Anything to keep your favourite musicians in the public eye.

If you are on Facebook, join the Folk Corona page, which has auctions from musicians of all sorts of things, from private tuition to merch bundles to original artwork, all sorts.

Support our Ko-Fi fundraiser– £5 is the minimum, but if you can spare that (and I know some can’t), then do support us in our attempt to raise funds to donate to musicians – initially those whose gigs at the Tree House had to be cancelled, then others after that.

Consider joining Patreon accounts for musicians you love, if they have one – usually from as little as £3 per month, for which you get various things they offer exclusively on Patreon.

Follow them on Spotify.  The platform pays them absolute peanuts, but following them raises their profile.

Some are offering online music tuition, commissions of new tunes, and other things.

Be proactive. Check out musicians’ websites and social media pages and see what they are up to.  Keep promoting their music.

If we want live music to survive this crisis, we need to keep supporting musicians now.  You may not be able to support them financially, but subscribing to YouTube channels and sharing posts and links on social media is free, quick, easy and good for keeping their music and their hopes alive.