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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda Happy New Year

Diolch Thank you

2021 was another challenging year for everyone but we have had fantastic support both online and in the shop once we were allowed to reopen to customers in April. We would like to thank everyone for your support and to wish you a very happy, healthy and successful 2022.

Winter Opening Hours

From 4th January until Easter the shop is open Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 5pm. We will be closed Sundays and Mondays to recharge our batteries.

We are also currently planning to be closed from Friday 11th March and reopening on Tuesday 22nd March, pandemic permitting

If you can’t make it to the shop in person please order online or contact us directly by email, on the phone or through social media.

Monthly Newsletter

When we were forced to close our door to customers for the third time in December 2020 we set ourselves the challenge of starting a monthly newsletter so that we could keep in touch and let people know about events in the shop and new publications. Our first newsletter came out in April and if you’d like to receive our monthly email and haven’t already subscribed, click here to give us your contact details.

2021 Roundup

Despite being closed for the first part of the year we had great support through our online shop which we had updated during the first lockdown in 2020. The summer proved to be our busiest yet as people flocked to Aberaeron , many visiting the area for the first time and loving it. As restrictions relaxed over the summer we were able to have book signing events and enjoyed meeting Derek Brockway and Glan Davies plus a return visit from Alis Hawkins, author of the ever popular Teifi Valley Coroner series.

During the year we have also increased our range of signed copies. If there are any particular authors or celebrities that you are interested in let us know and we will see what we can do.

In September Aberaeron was the starting point for the Queen Stage of the Tour of Britain. Our ducks took to their bikes in support of Mark Cavendish, whose books adorned our window along with others from our new cycling section. Huge thanks to Aberaeron Cycle Works for the loan of a bicycle for our window display which proved to be quite a talking point.

Our hopes for 2022

Like everyone, we hope that Covid doesn’t dominate our lives in 2022 like it has for the last two years. With this in mind we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the Aberaeron Book Festival will be able to return in the autumn after a two year absence. We’re also hopeful that we’ll be able to hold readings and book signings during the year and are really looking forward to celebrating World Book Day with Aberaeron school children on and around the 3rd March.

Plans to start a book club are underway and Niki is looking into adding a book subscription option to the website – what better present to give a book lover than the surprise of a newly published book arriving on your doorstep each month? And there’s a rumour that Karen will be starting a podcast…watch this space!

Happy New Year everyone Blwyddyn Newydd Dda bawb

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Only seven weeks until Christmas!

Christmas Book Catalogues

People are definitely starting their Christmas shopping early this year and if you’re planning to give books as presents then take a look at our Christmas catalogues, both packed full of ideas for all ages and tastes. Available to pick up from the shop or just click on the links below.

Christmas Books Catalogue

Festive Reads from the Books Council of Wales

The latest edition of Booktime magazine is also out now, free copies in the shop or read it here.

Placing orders

If you can’t see what you want on the website, please contact us directly – we can check availability and order for you.

We can deliver locally free of charge and post to UK mainland addresses at £2.00 per book 2nd class or £4.00 per book 1st class. International delivery is available at cost. We can also wrap books, including a card if required. £1 per item wrapped and £2.50 for a card. Please contact us directly if you would like us to do this.

We also enjoy sourcing 2nd hand books and like nothing more than finding a specific edition of an old favourite or tracking down something that is out of print. Beautiful old books can make very special presents and we have plenty of interesting books for you to choose from as well as all the new titles on offer. We are open every day between now and Christmas giving plenty of opportunities for browsing.
Mon to Sat 11am – 5.00pm Sun 11.30 – 4pm.

Thank you

We consider ourselves very fortunate to have the best support from our customers and would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who comes in the shop or supports us through the website. We’ve been constantly busy since reopening after the winter lockdown and have had so many lovely comments that mean so much to us. Here’s hoping for a festive season when we can all get together and enjoy spending special time with our families and friends.

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Busy, busy, busy…

Welcome Back

It’s so wonderful to be open again and thank you to everyone who has popped into the shop for a browse, a chat and to buy books over the last two weeks. If you’ve not been in yet and seen our new bookcases in the back room, come and take a look…. some of you may recognise them from the old Lampeter university bookshop which closed a few years ago. We had no idea we would be booksellers when we bought them but they really do look at home and we think they’re a great addition to the shop!

If you love Crime Fiction….

It’s nearly time for the first Gwyl Crime Cymru Festival – all events this year are online. We are Partner Bookshop to Event #5 on Wed 28 April and the final Event #18 on Mon 3 May. Booking closes 24 hours before each event so don’t be disappointed – take a look, there’s a great variety of events to sign up to.

If you would like to order any of the books linked to our events, take a look here.

Prize Draw -Tir na n-Og Awards

We are delighted to be able to give away one copy of each of the nine shortlisted titles for the 2021
Tir na n-Og Awards. All you have to do is tell us which title you would like to win and send us your contact details. Enter using our contact form, by email or social media. Entries are open until Saturday 15 May. The books are all here if you’d like to take a look before deciding which one you’d like to win.

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We’re so excited!

We are open from Monday 12 April. Mon – Sat 11am to 5pm

We’ve been making changes!

A massive thank you to artist Natalie Chapman for her fabulous artwork that has transformed the shop. The main mural depicts the stories of the Mabinogion (inspired by the illustrations of Valeriane Leblond in The Four Branches of the Mabinogi / Pedair Cainc y Mabinogi by Sian Lewis). We also asked Natalie to add a mural above the doorway into the back room -‘ Mor a Mynydd o Lyfrau’ (Sea and Mountain of Books) is the Welsh version of the Booksellers Association logo ‘Books are my Bag’ and we love it so much we’ve put it on the wall!

We’ve been busy!

We’ve also taken the opportunity to adapt the store room so that it’s now part of the shop – we’ve been busy moving bookcases and books. Who will recognise the bookcases we wonder – old Lampeter Uni students maybe? Come and take a look.

Making more space means just one thing – more new books! There are so many new titles that we’re excited about and can’t wait to show you. There have been some great new books published since the start of 2021; fiction, non fiction and for children. Maybe you’ve missed them during lockdown so we will happily tell you which are our favourite books that we’ve discovered over the last few months.

All new titles in stock can be found on the website but if there’s anything you can’t see just get in touch and we will probably be able to order it for you.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our other main lockdown project has been to organise a monthly newsletter – if you’d like to find out more about new titles each month please subscribe. Just give us your email address, tick the box and we will add you to our mailing list.

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Lockdown Again

Orders and Click & Collect

It is so disappointing for ourselves and all our customers to have to close the shop in the run-up to Christmas. In order to try and help those still looking to buy presents we are offering an order and Click & Collect service this week. We can also deliver locally to Aberaeron and wrap presents if required.

11am – 3pm on 22nd and 23rd December
10am – 3pm on 24th December

From 29th December Click & Collect of books ordered over the phone or online will be available by arrangement.

We are always open…

At this time we don’t know when we will reopen our doors for browsing but we are always able to take orders despite being in lockdown. If you don’t see what you want on the website, please contact us directly as we will probably be able to place an order with our distributor that will be delivered directly to your home.


We are excited to be part of Bookshop, a new initiative that gives you the opportunity to shop online if you cannot get out and about or find what you want on our website, while still supporting us. As long as Gwisgo Bookworm is the shop at the top of the page, for every book you buy we will receive 30% of the sale. A further 10% from each sale is put into a pool (the rolling total is shown at the top of the page) which is shared intermittently between all participating independent bookshops. There are lists curated by ourselves on our Bookshop webpage to give you a feel of what we like to stock in the shop while not being able to visit us in person. Bookshop is a B – Corp, a corporation dedicated to the public good and to find out more click here.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Happy Christmas and a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us through what has been a very strange year! While 2021 is going to start in lockdown again we hope that it will improve as the year goes on and that the shop will be open for browsers before too long.

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What’s on this week at Gwisgo Bookworm

Today it’s our 3rd birthday!

Three years ago on 28 September we took over Bookworm to create Gwisgo Bookworm, book and record shop. We would like to thank everyone for making us so welcome in Aberaeron and for all the tremendous support you have given us. Since we took over there has been a gradual evolution from largely 2nd hand books to a mix of new and 2nd hand. We both really enjoy the challenge of choosing a selection of new titles, fiction and non fiction, that covers a wide range of tastes and yet can be fitted into the small space we have in the shop. If not in stock we can always order books for you and we also love taking on the task of sourcing 2nd hand books that people aren’t able to find.

This year has been a very strange one so far and following the difficult weeks of lockdown we have been so lucky to have had a very busy summer as Aberaeron has been a popular destination for many tourists.
We are still happy to deliver locally or post books out to customers who are unable to visit the shop in person or are still choosing to stay at home. We will also be continuing our ‘BooktoBrowse’ scheme so that you can book a time to browse knowing that you will have the shop to yourself or with your family. We hope that people will find this useful when it comes to thinking about Christmas shopping – we are already seeing people thinking and buying ahead!

Bookshop Day – Saturday 3rd October

10% off all books this weekend

To celebrate our 3rd birthday and Bookshop Day we are offering 10% off all books, new and 2nd hand, on Saturday & Sunday 3 – 4 October. We hope you are able to join us as we say thank you to everyone who supports us.
(The offer won’t apply to new books that are already discounted and to any orders placed on the day.)

And don’t forget the gorgeous special edition tote bags….

available from Saturday 3 October, designed especially for independent bookshops by Charlie Mackesy following the huge success of his stunning book ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ To be sure of getting your hands on one of these please contact us to pre-order. They are £15 and will make a lovely present or just treat yourself!

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Book signings this week

Alis Hawkins 1pm Thursday 24th September

Alis will be here on publication day of the 3rd novel in her Teifi Valley Coroner series
‘Those Who Know’

Jane Blank 12-2pm Saturday 26th September

Jane will be here to launch her follow up to ‘The Shadow of Nanteos’
‘Nanteos: The Dipping Pool’

Please contact us to reserve a slot with the author
or to pre-order a signed book if you can’t come on the day.

The new social distancing and face covering rules will apply.

Tel: 01545 23 82 82  Email:   FB: @gwisgobookworm

We look forward to seeing you, Niki & Karen

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Welcome Back!

We are Open to Customers from Monday 22 June

Initially we will be open for limited days and hours until we work out what works best for ourselves and our customers.

From Mon 22 June
11am – 3pm
Mon 22, Wed 24, Thurs 25 and Sat 27

From Monday 29 June

11am – 3pm
Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat

After 12 weeks of enforced closure due to Covid-19 we are delighted to be able to reopen our door to customers on Monday 22 June.

During lockdown we have been selling books online and taking orders over the phone, by email or messenger. A huge thankyou to everyone who has supported us over the last 3 months. It has been a difficult and challenging time for everyone but books provide a means of learning, escape and relaxation for many people and we are delighted that we have been able to provide support.

But, we know that there is nothing like having a good browse for books and, as we reopen, we aim to create an environment that makes you feel happy to do this even though there will be some inevitable restrictions.

On reopening we will be asking our customers to:

Sanitise hands using the gel provided on entering the shop – this will also apply if you are wearing gloves. Feel free to use gel when you leave as well if you have been holding books.

We will only allow one person (or couple) per aisle to ensure social distancing.

Do not enter the shop if you have a cough or feel unwell with any Covid-19 symptoms.

Book 2 Browse

Shopping by appointment for anyone who would rather visit outside of opening hours, especially suitable for people who have been self isolating and for families.

Please contact us

Phone 01545 238282

Email or via our contact form

By Facebook messenger or Twitter DM

Or shop online
Arrange to collect or we can deliver locally

Thank you for your support
Keep safe, Niki & Karen

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Bookshop of the Month

Caboodle Bookshop of the Month for May 2020

bookshop of the month

We are delighted to have been awarded the Caboodle Bookshop of the Month by National Book Tokens. If like us you love nothing more than receiving a book token as a present, then it’s worth checking out Caboodle if you haven’t already! Find out what offers and events we have in place at Gwisgo Bookworm, plus prize draws, book recommendations and exclusive competitions organised by National Book Tokens.

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Good News Update

Book supply update 1/5/2020

We have a good news update as the new normal is taking tiny steps back to the old normal. Our two main distributors of new books, Gardners and the Books Council of Wales, are now able to supply us with bulk orders of books to re-stock our shelves. 

So, a huge thank you to all those that have been ordering books and from next week we will be able to offer you a wider selection of new titles which is just great news. 

For books currently not in stock, once again we can now complete your orders of multiple titles as well as single orders using Gardners Home Delivery Service. Order new titles from us and they will be sent straight to your door while supporting us at the same time. So, if you can’t see the titles you want on our website contact us by phone or email and we will sort your books out.