About this speaker
David Coates is the Events Manager at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Manchester. He joined the company as a temp in 1999 after graduating University and has been there ever since. Over the years he has had several roles in the shop from running a small satellite shop, buying for the fiction department and managing both academic and general departments. Following the opening of the new Manchester branch in 2019 he has been running the events programme and what initially started out as a small part of the job has swiftly become full-time. Blackwell’s Manchester now regularly hosts a wide range of events every month (both instore and at external venues) as well as providing pop up bookshops for Bluedot Festival, Ted X and many more.