Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Creative Café Project and CaféLit

The following post is by my guest, Gill James.

The idea for the Creative Café Project was based partly on the old coffee houses in Vienna, where almost in rent-a-table fashion musicians, and other creative practitioners would meet and debate for hours enjoying excellent coffee, and on De Gaulle’s and André Gide’s maisons de la culture. It’s all about providing creative spaces for creative people.

Nexus Art Café, Manchester

A book event at a creative café 

The Creative Café Project

The Project lists cafés worldwide that meet Creative Café criteria, offers advice to cafés about how to become more “creative”, suggests activities that creative practitioners might take on with cafés, and reviews cafés. Visitors can search for cafés on place names, post codes and by activity.

Read more here.

What a creative café looks like

A creative café may simply have free newspapers for customers to read or, more and more frequently these days, it might offer free Wi-Fi. It might hold book events and / or display art work for sale. The more proactive creative cafés have full lists of events. Do take a look at the list of activities offered.
The project has brought along two new concepts: the literary salon and the writer in residence. Both of these activities are very rewarding for writers.

Salford Museum’s café is a typical creative café

We’re always on the lookout for more cafés, reviews of cafés and creative practitioners willing to work with cafés. We’re also running a series on writers in cafés. If you’d like to get involved in any way, please use the contact form on the site.


CaféLit supports the project by raising awareness, producing short stories that can be consumed as one enjoys a drink in a café and through the small profit made on the annual publication of The Best of CaféLit.
Each story has a drink associated with it. This gives the mood of the story. Take a look at a few here. Stories are anything between 100 words and 3,000 words. You are welcome to submit. See our guidelines.
At the end of each year we select a few of the stories to appear in our Best of volume. We pay the editor and the publicist 7.5% of the profit each and the rest is shared 50 / 50 with the project. We don’t make a huge profit but it does pay for a few flyers. Authors often donate their royalties to the project. They are also offered a 25% discount for life on all CaféLit publications. The project itself gets a little funding from elsewhere.
Our annual get-together in London is fun. Here are details of this year on 3 December. Alas, full now.

Coming soon

From 2017, CaféLit writers will be able to receive a discount on all Chapeltown, Red Telephone and Bridge House books as well as CaféLit.
All CaféLit contributors, whether just online or in The Best of, will be offered an author page on our web site.
A second celebration of all the imprints will be offered in Manchester in the summer.
Watch this space. Why not sign up for our newsletter?


Annalisa Crawford said...

Hi Gill (and Patsy!), this sounds like a great concept. Checking out your guidelines, too :-)

Oscar Case said...

A fine idea! The cakes look good, too!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

What a great idea - love the concept of creative cafes when used in this way!

Patsy said...

Writing can feel lonely and the cafes could help with that, I think.

Patsy said...

Mmmm, cake!

Patsy said...

Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it?