Meet the Team

Mel: 

I’m the proud owner of Griffin Books!  Since my teenage years when I had a Saturday job in my local bookshop, it had always been my dream to one day own my own.  After nearly 30 years working in IT for a global corporation, I was finally able to realise my dream in September 2014 when I bought the established bookshop in Penarth on the retirement of the previous owners.

It has been a steep learning curve but I’m pleased to say that the shop is flourishing, and I still genuinely look forward to coming to work each day!  Outside of work I have a very supportive husband and three twenty-something children, am an active member of All Saints Church, and enjoy keeping fit, reading (of course!) and spending time with family and friends.

Rachel:

I have been working in the bookshop since 2005, with the previous owners for 9 years and with Mel since she took over in 2014. I love the fact that the shop is at the centre of the community in Penarth and working here has given me the chance to meet and get to know so many different local people.

My favourite bits of the job are helping customers with their book choices, recommending books I have loved and reading the advance proof copies!

When I'm not in the bookshop I love reading, singing in two choirs, running and walking, especially on the Welsh Coast Path.

Dawn:

I joined Griffin Books in April 2015, having been a customer for many years. Prior to this I started my career as a solicitor in local government specialising in planning, before leaving to concentrate on my children. Over the next few years, in between part-time jobs, I volunteered (and still do) for various charities.

My favourite part of this job is finding elusive books for customers, either tracking down half-remembered titles, locating out of print books or researching potential sources on a particular topic. Within the shop itself, I love searching out children's books and travel.

Outside of work I enjoy cycling, exploring new places and trying out new activities - the latest being paddle-boarding.

Kate:

I started as Griffin Books' new Events & Social Media Manager in July 2018. After graduating from my undergraduate degree I worked in a few social media roles before discovering my love for reading and writing. Keen to surround myself with books in any way possible, I got in touch with Mel and the rest is history!

My favourite part of the job is showcasing our books on social media and by putting on events with the authors. Books are the best subject!

Outside of my role, I'm completing a Masters in English Literature and Creative Writing part-time. I also run my own book review blog and book Instagram so you'll mostly find me wrapped up in blankets on my sofa with my nose buried in my current read.
Opening times: 9am - 5:30pm Mon to Sat

9A Windsor Road, Penarth, CF64 1JB

Telephone: 029 2070 6455
Email: info@griffinbooks.co.uk

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