A brand-new bookshop called Gay on Wye has recently opened in Hay-on-Wye.

A spokesperson for the store has said: "We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of Gay on Wye, a pioneering LGBTQ+ bookstore that is set to become a vibrant hub for the community and allies alike.

"This unique establishment is dedicated to celebrating the richness and diversity of LGBTQ+ literature, providing a safe and welcoming space for readers of all backgrounds."

Situated on Lion Street, Gay on Wye is not just a bookstore; it is aiming to become a sanctuary where the LGBTQ+ community and its allies can find literature that resonates with their experiences, challenges, and triumphs.

The store's extensive collection spans various genres, including fiction, non-fiction, young adult, poetry, memoirs, and graphic novels.

Customers can expect to discover not only classic and contemporary LGBTQ+ titles but also hidden gems that showcase the richness of queer storytelling.

At Gay on Wye, inclusivity is at the forefront of their mission.

They strive to create a warm, accepting environment where everyone feels comfortable exploring and discussing LGBTQ+ narratives.

Their passionate staff are there to provide personalised recommendations, foster meaningful conversations, and connect readers with stories that reflect their identities.

Beyond being a bookstore, Gay on Wye aims to be a vital part of the community.

Regular author readings, book clubs, workshops, and discussion panels will offer opportunities for engagement, education and empowerment.

By collaborating with local LGBTQ+ organisations, we aspire to become a catalyst for positive growth and representation.

Gay on Wye was founded by Thomas Owen, a dedicated advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and literature.

He said: "Our bookstore is more than just a commercial venture; it's a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community's history, struggles, and achievements.

"I hope Gay on Wye becomes a place where people find stories that resonate with them and, in turn, foster a greater understanding and acceptance in society."