Brewing up success at Sunderland’s Holmeside Coffee

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HOLMESIDE Coffee is celebrating the ongoing success of its film, book and writing clubs.

Since launching the clubs earlier this year, Holmeside Coffee, in the ground floor of Independent in Holmeside, has quickly established itself as a creative hub.

Joe Collins, 23, of Ashbrooke, one of the founders of Holmeside Coffee, said: “When we first started the clubs, we knew there was a certain level of interest but we’ve been pretty overwhelmed by the response.

“There has been a big crossover between the clubs. People who have attended the Lamplight Film Club have then come along to the writing club or the book club, and vice versa. It’s great to see people coming back week after week.”

The book club is led by Jamie Shepherd, 22, of High Barnes, who said: “The book club has been focussing on new or re-released books – we started with Stoner by John Edward Williams and we’ve just started Michel Faber’s Under The Skin. The club has attracted people of all ages and it’s great to see so many different people interacting and engaging in discussion.”

The creative writing club, which is open to any style of creative writing at any level, runs on the first Wednesday of each month and is preparing to host a number of guest speakers.

•For further information about Holmeside Coffee’s clubs, see its Facebook page or pop into the coffee shop.

Brew of the week

While you’re in Holmeside Coffee for one of its clubs, why not pick up some of its locally-roasted coffee beans?

It sells beans which are ground down the road at Ouseburn Coffee Company, in Newcastle, for £5.50 a bag.

The independent coffee shop also uses the beans in its own cuppas.