Typewronger Books – the typewriter repair service, micro-bookshop, events space, and now independent publisher – is one year old today. 

Spurtle congratulated proprietor and human dynamo Tom Hodges outside the Croall Place police box this afternoon, where he had been entertaining well-wishers with fizz, unusual reading and general bonhomie since 11am and will continue until 6pm. 

Hodges has possibly the loudest voice and sunniest disposition in Edinburgh, and both were much in evidence as he ruminated at high speed on the highlights of his first twelve months’ trading in Broughton. 

Publication of a new illustrated edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Misadventures of John Nicholson features prominently, as does the move into new premises alongside MacNaughtan’s Bookshop in Haddington Place. He’s also excited about new-off-the-press lyrics by Josephine Sillars and the Manic Pixie Dreams, and the intriguingly titled cartoon booklet 10 Ways to Commit Murder with a Royal 10 Typewriter.

Typewronger is also a welcoming venue, and Hodges enthuses over the numerous book-talks, readings, signings and launches by/for the likes of Anthony O’Neill (Dr Jekyll and Mr Seek), Luke Winter (Stories for Strangers, Vol. 2), poet Ben Ailshire, Nomad magazine, and the inaugural Edinburgh Independent Publishing and Zine Fair. 

For such a small business in a limited space, Typewronger has quickly had a large impact on the city’s literary scene. We wish Hodges many happy returns for years to come.

Croall Place