David Mitchell – Semi-retired Proprietor of the bookshop, on sabbatical to work on a number of writing projects; and Kathy Mitchell – cafe owner.
Scarthin Bookshop Staff
David has been at the bookshop since 2007 and Manager since 2009. Areas of interest include contemporary fiction, with particular favourites being Haruki Murakami, Ian McEwan, Banana Yoshimoto, Julian Barnes and Daphne du Maurier. Also has a love for art and, in particular, portrait photography.
His own website of images – under the name Blemished Eye – can be found HERE.
David works Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Eve has a background working in educational libraries and retail, and an education centred around art and photography. Her areas of interest include contemporary fiction, natural history and art. ‘The Passion of New Eve’ for the bookshop is obvious to see when you notice the new displays that have appeared all around the shop and she knows the inventory and exact location of (almost) every single new book we stock!
Eve works Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Les Hurst – Finance Manager
The twice winner of MENSA Brain of Britain, works part-time at the shop and does the bookshop and cafe accounts as well as listing some of our online antiquarian and specialist titles. Areas of specialism (which are many) include crime writing and science fiction. Les’ own website can be viewed HERE.
Les works on Thursdays and Fridays.
When she’s not touring as one third of the highly acclaimed instrumental band, Haiku Salut, Sophie is to be found working at the bookshop on Thursdays and Fridays and, since joining us in June 2016, is already having a big impact on the bookshop. Full of ideas and enthusiasm, coupled with a real eye for detail and getting things done. Sophie is also another dedicated Murakami follower (we seem to attract them!).
Sophie works on Thursdays and Fridays.
Charlotte is an avid reader, writer, spoken word poet and workshop facilitator. When she’s not at Scarthin, you’re likely to find her at open mics or reading Murakami and jotting down lines of poetry in the small hours of the morning. Charlotte discovered Scarthin when she was doing her A-levels and fell in love with it: though she swears it’s not just for the tea and cake! You can follow her antics by looking up lottie_poet on social media.
Charlotte works on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
Bev De’Ath – Bookseller & Second-hand Stock Control
Bev is the former Cafe Manager but now works in the bookshop. Full of ideas, creativity and a calm, quiet determination to get things done, Beth is such an asset that we can hardly believe our luck. She also works alongside David on second-hand book buying and pricing.
Bev works on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Sundays.
With a background in Film History, Ashton’s main asset to the shop relies on the variety and scope of his cultural knowledge; best described as ‘a little about a lot’.
Ashton refuses to accept that Murakami is the one true saviour and has started a rival faction known as Jilly Copper-ism. So far… not as successful as you’d hope.
Ashton works on alternate Sundays (and possibly Mondays, masquerading as ‘Gareth’).
Currently reading: Maddaddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
Kathy first encountered proprietor Dave, 30 years ago, and has been involved in the bookshop ever since.
Having worked in the shop, in-between raising her daughters and working as a teacher, Kathy has a comprehensive knowledge of the shop.
Kathy is owner of Scarthin Cafe, and now lists our specialist and antiquarian books online, and processes and sends out orders.
Why reading matters to Kathy: A way of self-improvement. It extends your horizons, and educates. It’s not just for escapism. When I’m reading, I want to read something meaningful, that’s direct to my life or those around me.
Favourite place in the shop: The outside cafe garden. It’s a beautiful little nook that you can tell people really enjoy spending time in. It’s our humble little retreat.
When not found at Scarthin: Kathy is most often found next door! Often tending to their wonderful garden, or walking in the village.
Kathy works on Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons.
Gareth likes to fix things and make things (‘Mr Maker’?). He started working on Monday afternoons in early 2018 and he liked Murakami already, so was a shoe-in. He reads a wide selection of stuff when he is not whittling spoons and making memories with his 6 lovely children, including fiction, history, sci-fi, crime and….well, every genre really! He also writes songs and plays a ukulele made from a tin of sweets. Gareth also works alongside Kathy on Tuesdays, listing our antiquarian and specialist stock online.
Gareth works Mondays and Tuesdays (and possibly alternate Sundays, masquerading as ‘Ashton’).
Simon Marshall – Bookseller & Young Fiction Review Panel Lead
Currently reading: ‘Resilient’ by Rick Hanson
Both one of the longest-serving members of the bookshop team and also somehow clocking in the least hours, Simon started at Scarthin as work experience in 2011 and has bounced back and forth ever since.
A playwright, poet and learning coordinator, Simon is keen to recommend vivid fiction and poetry – Sarah Winman, Marilynne Robinson, Sylvia Plath. Simon is rooting for the shop’s humble theatre collection and is always on hand to reach things from the top shelf.
Why reading matters to Simon: I like that you stop time with a book. It can help you study an emotion, or a situation in a controlled, private way. And you can come back to it. Pause it, rewind. Play. Pass it on.
Favourite place in the shop: I think the table next to the cakes in the cafe is a special spot. You feel hugged by the shop, and you can take in the people coming and going and the slidy door to-ing and fro-ing.
When not found at Scarthin: Simon is currently helping coordinate a charity project across Derby, taking him to youth centres, primary schools and in and out of Déda, a dance and contemporary circus venue. Otherwise, he’s to be found at theatres, open mic nights, and on Twitter @veryrareSimon
Simon ‘works’ Wednesdays.
Scarthin’s Cafe Staff
Ruben is the head cook/supervisor. He is a dedicated member of the team (and makes lovely soups and specials!) Interestingly enough, though not part of the bookshop staff, Ruben is one of the fastest and most eclectic readers in the team and regularly educates the rest of the staff on matters of importance!
“Russian Caravan Tea just tastes like… tea”.
Ella likes purple. And Gaga. She’s new to the team so this is as much as we know for now. You may think that Ella sliced off the end of her finger during the taking off this photograph. You may be right. We’ll check and get back to you.
Jo – Midweek Cook
Jill – Midweek Cook
Maddie – Weekend Team
Melissa – Weekend Team
Olivia – Weekend team
Eleanor – Weekend Team
Cafe Support Team
The cafe also has a fantastic team of hard working support staff, many of whom have been with us for several years. Estelle, Lilly and Miles are our often unsung heroes.