Night Owl Books opens in East Linton

A self-confessed “book addict” has taken the plunge and opened an independent bookstore in East Linton.

Rebecca Wall, who previously ran an art gallery in London, moved to the village shortly before the lockdown.

Now she’s taken over the reins of her mother’s old antique shop on Bridge Street and opened Night Owl Books.

It offers fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, with a particular focus on wildlife and the natural world.

The 34-year-old said: “It was quite impulsive.

“For a while, I really wanted to open a space to be a little community hub and show artists and hold workshops.

“I used to run a bookshop in London and worked there as a Saturday job as a teenager and absolutely loved it.”

And she added: “There has been such a revival in independent bookstores over the past two years. There are quite a few in Edinburgh, which I love, and I had the opportunity to use the space and thought I would really like to open a bookshop.

The planning of the store began last fall, the whole family got involved in the transformation of the place.

Since her arrival in the region, Rebecca has loved the local fauna and flora.

She added: “I don’t drive and the places we could go were all on foot. We were discovering the beautiful countryside and we have the Linn waterfalls just down the road. There are so many beautiful birds, hares, deer – everything!”

Night Owl Books also carry a selection of cards and gifts from independent makers across East Lothian and beyond, including handmade candles from Olive Atelier, Haddington; natural soaps made in North Berwick by Castaway Scotland; and cards and tote bags by East Lothian designer Fiddy & Mabel.

Local connections continue with take-out filter coffee roasted in East Linton by Hometown Coffee and a wide selection of teas.

Rebecca, who lives in the village with her fiancé Chris, said: “East Lothian has so much talent. I was taking pictures of all the amazing local contractors, makers, and craftspeople delivering stuff; there is so much talent here.

The bookstore is also hosting a series of book club get-togethers and events, including an upcoming needle felting workshop with The Crafty Kit Company.

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