About the Bookshop

Named After the Ettrick Forest of Old…

Founded in 2006, The Forest Bookstore occupies part of the town of Selkirk’s original Courthouse in the central Market Place. It has fast become a mainstay of cultural life in Selkirkshire and the Borders, with many loyal and much appreciated customers. It is run by Allan and Anne Harkness as a labour of love! We fly low – half hawk, half heron

The Forest Bookstore Gallery Space

In addition to our book collection (see Our Books for more information) we have a small gallery and installation space for innovative drawing and mixed media work, paintings, book art, prints, sculpture and 3-dimensional design such as architectural models. Over the years we have exhibited works by Mary Morrison, Andrew Mackenzie, Kate Foster, Liz Douglas, Claudia Massie, Mooie Scott, Joyce Gunn Cairns and Chris Hall. Although local artists, their reach is national and international. The shows, intermittent, usually arise from proposals by individuals testing out new works.

Having worked in Fine Art departments of university art schools for two decades prior to opening The Forest Bookstore, Dr Allan Harkness has made this a unique characteristic of the bookshop.

See the Gallery page and Links We Like for some images of works in situ and more information on some of the artists who have exhibited at The Forest Bookstore.

Additional Services

In addition to our bookselling and our gallery space, we also offer book search, book order and literary editing services. These latter services come at a range of prices, depending on the specific search, order or editing task, but often order services are free to the customer. Please get in touch with us to find out more.

The Forest Bookstore in the Community: Selkirk, the Yarrow and Ettrick Valleys and Beyond

From supplying book clubs with their monthly reads, to hosting book-signings and exhibition launches, The Forest Bookstore is glad to be part of the cultural life of the Scottish Borders. We stock works by local writers and artists, and we have commissioned furniture made by local craftspeople. We are involved in and supporters of many of the various literary and artistic events which are ongoing in our community.

What others have said about us:

Yale University Press, surely one of the best publishers around, are about to add us to their monthly profile of recommended bookshops (November 2013). See the website and route via blog @ http://www.yalebooks.co.uk

In a 2010 bookshops campaign, the Guardian newspaper commended the Forest Bookstore’s layout and design – and noted the quality and range of its stock.

Book Week Scotland 2012 showed the Forest Bookstore to be one of the few surviving independent bookshops in the country, one with “maturity and balance in the collection of books”. We were described as a bookshop with “a unique cultural character”.

Reviews on Qype are always welcome.

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