At the Guardian, I just happened upon another article about Blaenavon, the ailing Welsh village that is trying to reinvent itself as a book town. (According to this site, a book town is “a small rural town or village in which second-hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated. Most have developed in villages of historic interest or of scenic beauty.”)
It reminded me that I should put in a plug for a close childhood friend who now lives on the outskirts of Wigtown, Scotland’s own national book town. Sara is a journalist who writes on all sorts of things including, fittingly, books.(Her book stuff appears most often in The Bookseller). She is also the proprietor of the holiday cottages at Ravenstone Mains along with her partner James, a very talented chef. So if ever you’re planning an idyllic bookish vacation in Scotland, please do look them up. Tell them I sent you.