THEY’VE done it again. One of Penarth’s finest booksellers is up for independent bookshop of the year.

Griffin books, on Windsor Road, is in the running to be recognised by the British Book Awards in the best in Wales category – Griffins won it in 2021 and has been runner-up multiple times.

What many might not know is it’s not just being a great bookshop that gets you into the running, but also special aspects of the store including creativity displayed in business, and work done with the community.

Griffins isn’t just a bookstore, more like a destination, offering events in the town, including meeting authors at the stunning location of Penarth Pier.

They also work with schools and are a designated safe space for those who need support, and their staff have extra dementia awareness training.

Owner Mel Griffiths says despite the joy of being recognised, she is always humbled by the hard work of her team.

“It is amazing recognition for the work and the team throughout the year,” said Mel. “It is wonderful to know we are being marked out amongst the other independent bookshops, which are also doing amazing work.”

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(The team at Griffins. From left; Rachel Davies, Lucy Rogers, Mel Griffin and Elin Davies)

Griffins posted on their Instagram on Friday, February 17, they had made the shortlist.

Mel said despite the shop being rather small, it is determined to have a big impact on the town.

“Not being bound by our four walls, because we are a small physical shop, we do a lot outside the shop, working with schools and putting on events,” said Mel.

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(Mel was delighted to be nominated once again)

Next they go to the second round, before a regional winner is announced in March and if they win they that they go to the UK finals in May.

The shop made a shoutout to say if you would like to leave feedback about the business, or an event Griffins was involved in, to help with the second application for round two, email