29 May 2022

Tribute paid to Bromsgrove WORDS founder and former town bookshop owner Margaret Cooper

ONE of the founders of the literary group Bromsgrove WORDS and a former book shop owner in the town has died.

Margaret Cooper used to run Bromsgrove Books with her husband Michael and in 1978, she, together with Kate Shaw and Jennie McGregor-Smith, started WORDS which strove to bring the best of the spoken and written word to the district.

A Bromsgrove WORDS spokesperson paid tribute to Margaret and the influence and impact she had on Bromsgrove.

“Margaret’s links to the literary world proved invaluable in persuading a range of speakers – authors, broadcasters, journalists, poets – to visit WORDS.

“Rather poignantly, her death was on the day of the visit from the journalist Steve Richards – so her legacy lives on.”

Margaret leaves a son, Ben, daughter-in-law Susannah, and two grandchildren.

For those who want to attend her funeral, the service will be at 11am on Monday, June 27, at Redditch Crematorium.

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard