Success Story 26 October 2022

Region/Nation North East
Sector Education
Programme Start Up Loans

Emma Hamlett took out a £25,000 loan to open Collected, an independent bookshop specialising in work written by women. Describing herself as a “Covid cliché”, Emma exited stage left from her career as a museum curator in 2020 and began to explore what else might be possible, realising in the process that   there was no getting away from books.

Photo of Emma Hamlett – Collected
At Collected, we simply love books and reading – and talking books and reading. We’re also passionate about championing work by female writers, much of which – through imbalance and bias in publishing, literary journalism, and prize giving – has historically been overshadowed and overlooked. Emma Hamlett Founder/ Collected