Meet the Lighthouse Family

Posted by Mairi Oliver on

We are an eclectic, slightly eccentric chosen family of bookish people, all of us passionate about making the world a fairer, better place.

As this digital space evolves we look forward to sharing our bookish news and passions with you, including through blogs, Life Rafts, and reading lists reflecting our tastes or offering a gateway into big issues of the day.

But first, lets get acquainted!

My name is Mairi (she/her) – I have been peddling books for independent bookshops for almost a decade, and took over the original Word Power in 2017, when it became Lighthouse. I'm a queer cis woman with a passion for liberation & solidarity politics, and an addiction to feminist historical fiction, world literature, queer writing and coffee. I host and organise Edinburgh's annual Book Fringe and Radical Book Fair with a lot of help from my friends!

My genuinely brilliant bookshop team includes:

Jim (he/him)- Political Philosophy wizard and sci-fi buff, he manages the bookshop day to day and makes sure the wheels don’t fall off the bus.

Noor (she/her)- passionate about literature and liberation politics, from feminism to Palestine, Noor helps to program our events and take the the bookshop out into the world. (ALSO, winner of Bookseller Association Bookseller of The Year Prize 2019, as well as being a translator)

Peach (she/they) poet & poetry expert, champion of working class voices, Peach is a recent Edinburgh University graduate & a veteran bookstaller.

Andrew (he/him)-our in house musician, he’s well versed in all things tech, rise of the robots and space operas, if you need bad puns, he’s your man.

Lindsay (she/her) - Veteran cyberpunk Lindsay has a background in photography, the occult & cyber-politics. She is said to appear suddenly when the words ‘queer-centric fantasy’ are spoken in the shop.

Christina (she/her) - writer, and researcher, Christina is committed to better gender representation in the literary sector and a great reader of queer and feminist fiction, our go-to for bisexual book recs!


Our extended bookshop family, who make it possible for us to run all our weekend bookstalls and events and social media include:

Jess (they/them)- anti-racism activist, psychology PhD and a wonder with world literature, Jess is the founder of Fringe of Colour and runs the Black Unicorn Bookclub, a space for Black queer folk to discuss Black Queer writing!

Anita (they/she), also known as the Lighthouse Beagle, Octopus aficionado, graphic novel junkie and all round bundle of enthusiasm, they have a day job as Dr. Anita but spend most weekends in the kids section curating our stellar picture book selection.

Kate (they/she) is a writer, photographer and former podcaster whose creative genius helps our voice cut through the noise online. If you’re curious about books on knitting or activism or finding your voice, Kate’s the one to ask!

Last but not least, our phenomenal Writer-In-Residence Eris (they/them), a queer, trans writer and editor of speculative fiction and nonfiction.

Oh and there’s Artemis – cheese connoisseur and ball expert.

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