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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

A Wonderful LGBTQ+ Bookshop And Cafe In York

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished 18 days ago 1 min read

Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole's "Over the Rainbow" is loved all through the world, it has touched millions., and is sort of appropriate for this piece.


We are always attracted to the familiar, which is often why people gravitate towards branded things, but I love to discover new things and places and often I am proved right. and I certainly was with "Over The Rainbow" an LGBTQ+ bookshop and cafe in York.

This is their Instagram channel.

The Welcome I Got

I came in and the bookshop was light and airy and the lady behind the counter was extremely welcoming. I must apologise, I have a memory like a sieve. The only name I can remember is Rachel the manager, but everyone was very engaging.

I had a spicy cheese toastie and a can of Tango before continuing my day, but above is the comments board that I enjoyed reading.

The following day I was in a bigger rush but dropped in and got a can, to drink, and that is when I met Rachel,.

I went downstairs and then got talking with the people downstairs and introduced them to my Nick Cave/Dr Seuss/Dt Faustus video which they enjoyed immensely. I will share it at the end of this piece.

I promised Rachel a poem, so I have done a visual butterfly cinquain which I hope everyone will enjoy.

The Poem - "Over The Rainbow"



Oe’r The Rainbow

A Welcoming Bookshop

An Inclusive Cafe For All

There’s Cake

And So Much Love In This Safe Space

Queer, Straight, Trans, All Welcome

Rainbow Colours

Join Us


Conclusion And Links

I love places like this, they are filled with colour and inclusiveness, and must make people feel very safe if they want to socialise.

Below are some links that may help followed by that video.

Thank you for your time.

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  • Mariann Carroll17 days ago

    Love it. Great incorporation of two form of poetry. 🌒🦋

  • Chloe Gilholy17 days ago

    This sounds like a lovely place.

  • Loved it all, from the cafe to the two videos. Sounds like a great place for a little nosh & good conversation.

  • Mmmm, a spicy toastie! So yummy. Your poem was absolutely wonderful!

  • River Joy18 days ago

    I love that you put Iz's version of over the rainbow. It's one of my favorites. Sounds like a great place to visit!

  • Lindsay Sfara18 days ago

    Aw, how sweet! This is definitely a place I would like to visit. And what a wonderful poem as tribute!

  • Christy Munson18 days ago

    Love your story. Makes me want to travel!

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