Speaker: Sally Pattle
After graduating from St Andrews University I enjoyed several
careers before falling into bookselling. Whilst studying for a
Masters in Publishing at Napier University I started working
part-time for Birlinn Ltd as well as part-time in my mother's
bookshop in Linlithgow, Far From The Madding Crowd. In 2015, Jill
Pattle - my mother - decided to take a step back from the business,
so I made the decision to leave the Birlinn basement in Newington
to take over the running of the shop full time. Which I do mainly
from the basement.
Far From The Madding Crowd is based in an attractive Georgian
building in the heart of Linlithgow High Street and over two floors
we sell a huge range of adult and children's books, specialising in
Scottish books. Throughout the year, we run a varied programme of
events including two festivals - one for the general public and one
for local schools in the area. We made full use of the generosity
of the James Patterson grants to create a special story-telling hub
and we also have a rabbit, BB, and a couple of guinea pigs who live
out the back and make story-telling sessions a lot more fun!
Sally is one of the Trade Question Time Panellists.