Founder of radical bookshop dies
THE co-founder of Nottingham's only radical bookshop has died.
Keith Leonard, who was born in 1948 and co-founded Mushroom Bookshop, died at the QMC on August 7 from heart problems, after years of living with a disability.
The first Mushroom premises were at 261 Arkwright Street, near Trent Bridge, set up by Mr Leonard and his then-partner in 1972.
When the Meadows were redeveloped, Mushroom moved to Heathcote Street in the Lace Market.
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Mushroom stocked a large range of radical papers and magazines as well as books, and some anarchist and activist groups were set up as a result of communications through the shop.
The shop was said to have played a large role in Nottingham's activist community before the internet.
But the shop later attracted controversy when Mr Leonard was sacked by the four worker-directors while recovering in hospital from a stroke.
In 1999, a tribunal ruled that he had been dismissed unfairly and ordered the bookshop to pay him £8,700.
The bookshop went into voluntary liquidation the following year.
Mr Leonard's cremation will take place on August 19.