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 worked 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 non-fiction and maps.

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

Hollie: 
I've worked in the Welsh literature sector for almost 15 years, having joined Academi (now Literature Wales) back in 2006 following the completion of my post-grad in Arts Management. In my previous role as Head of Communications at Literature Wales, I worked with writers and literary organisations on a wide variety of events, projects and campaigns.

I was delighted to join Griffin Books as the shop's Events and Communications Manager in autumn 2019 and have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the wonderful world of bookselling. My favourite parts of the job are organising our busy programme of literary events, chatting to customers and taking pictures of the many beautiful books that arrive in the shop.  

Outside of work I can mostly be found chasing my 3 year old around Penarth and binge-watching the latest TV series. I love to dabble in photography and interior design - both with mixed results!   

Georgie: 

I joined the Griffin Books team in 2020, after studying history in London and moving back to Penarth. Alongside my studies, I enjoyed learning the ropes of student journalism and volunteering for different causes. I'm most interested in non-fiction, especially politics, and am always on the look-out for a good essay collection. My favourite parts of working at Griffin Books are researching specific titles for customers, unboxing the latest releases (and adding to my own ever expanding to-read list), as well as meeting new people in the area.

Outside of the shop I love learning about film, planning trips to new cities, and visiting museums (when this is possible!).

James: 

I joined Griffin Books in September 2020 as the shop's Saturday sales assistant. I'm currently studying for my A Levels in further maths and physics. Outside of the shop I can usually be found on the badminton court or playing (far too much) chess! I'm also really into politics and (like many of us) have spent much of the last few months staring at America with wide, expectant eyes.

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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