Our Bookshop Family

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

My name is Mairi (she/her) – I have been peddling books for independent bookshops for almost a decade, and for much of that time the original Word Power was a regular haunt of mine, a place to find and buy books on queer politics, activism, little known poetry, Palestine, feminism and much more. Books that simply didn’t live on the shelves of any other bookshop.

My fellow booksellers include:

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

Peach (she/they) poet & poetry expert, Peach is a student at Edinburgh University & a veteran bookstaller.

Andrew (he/him)-our in house musician, he’s well versed in all things tech, rise of the robots and fun fiction, 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.

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)

Christina (they/them) - writer, and researcher, Christina is committed to better representation of women 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, discussing Black Queer writing.

Anita (they/she), also known as the Lighthouse Beagle, Octopus aficionado, graphic novel junkie and all round bundle of enthusiasm, she has a day job as Dr. Anita.

Annie (She/Her) runs our Women In Translation Book Club and chairs many of our events - when she's not working on StAnza: Scotland's Poetry Festival, or winning awards for her translations. Oh and she blogs for the Goethe-Institut, and co-hosts Free Vers(e), an occasional podcast on queer poetry.

Kit (they/them) 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, Kit’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.