Paned o Gê's logo: a tea cup with the Pride flag spilling out of it, with the name of the business written underneath.

Cardiff's Independent                                                     Queer Bookshop

NOTICE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the appropriate and necessary restrictions placed on the population to reduce the spread of the virus, Paned o Gê is currently operating a limited, online bookshop and digital book club.  Please visit the Home page or follow us on social media for further details.

About

What is Paned o Gê?

A forthcoming independent, queer bookshop, cafe, bar and event space in Cardiff, Paned o Gê is a social enterprise designed to highlight, promote and celebrate LGBTQ+ and Welsh talent and creators.

Another version of Paned o Gê's logo: a cup with the Aromantic flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.
Another version of Paned o Gê's logo: a cup with the Lesbian flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.
Another version of Paned o Gê's logo: a cup with the Pansexual flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.
Another version of Paned o Gê's logo: a cup with the Asexual flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.

What is a queer bookshop?

A queer bookshop is a one that primarily stocks books by or about LGBTQ+ folx.  There are currently three others in the United Kingdom and Paned really pleased to be joining this small group: Category is Books in Glasgow, Gay’s the Word in London, The Portal Bookshop in York and The Bookish Type in Leeds.

What is a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is a business, however the profit made is directed towards specific social objectives.  In fact, it would be illegal if Paned didn’t do this!  Paned’s profits are asset locked: to register as a social enterprise with Companies House, Paned had to declare in its founding papers that all the profit would go to the community!

Another version of Paned o Gê’s logo: a cup with the Polyamory flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.
Another version of Paned o Gê’s logo: a cup with the Agender flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.
Another version of Paned o Gê’s logo: a cup with the Non-Binary flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.
Another version of Paned o Gê’s logo: a cup with the Bisexual flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.

Where will the profit from Paned o Gê go?

Any money spent in the online store will be reinvested in Paned.


If the digital book club goes well and Paned continues to make money, from June 2020 onwards, 10% of Paned’s profits will be donated to LGBTQ+ charities and services in Wales.

If Paned o Gê is keeping some of the profit, what will it be used for?

The eventual, lofty goal of the store is to raise enough money to buy a commercial property that will become a hub for the queer community in Cardiff. 


The remaining money will help finance events, pay speakers and performers, educational seminars, funding the shop’s Pay It Forward shelf and more.

Another version of Paned o Gê’s logo: a cup with the Intersex flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.
Another version of Paned o Gê’s logo: a cup with the Pride flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.
Another version of Paned o Gê’s logo: a cup with the Trans flag spilling out, in a lavender circle.
Another version of Paned o Gê’s logo: a cup with the Genderqueer flag spilling out, inside a lavender circle.

Can I purchase texts from you other than those allocated for the monthly book club?

Possibly!  For now, Paned will only stock the book chosen as part of our Queer as Books Book Club (the lockdown measures have made it hard to source and stock books in a timely manner). 


Send an email to info@paned-o-ge.wales with the details of a specific book (or even to ask for a recommendation) and Paned will try and help!

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All artwork by Jenna Clark @ Skybear Illustration

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