Northumberland Libraries celebrate reading campaign with festival of books and films
February 19, 2020
New Writing North, the literature development agency for the North of England, has announced its list of 10 ‘must-read’ titles by northern authors for 2020.
The Read Regional promotional campaign runs from March-June 2020, when the ten authors will take part in 70 events at libraries and festivals throughout the North of England, including Northumberland
Read Regional is a celebration of brilliant new books from the North of England, and was founded by New Writing North in 2008. The campaign is funded by Arts Council England and is produced in partnership with Northumberland Libraries and 22 other library authorities. Authors will take part in festivals, readings and workshops in Northumberland. The programme bulk-buys books for libraries, ensuring the selected titles are well-stocked throughout the county of Northumberland
Four Read Regional authors: Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Clara Barley, Horatio Clare and CJ Cooke will be visiting libraries and partner venues in Northumberland throughout the month of March in a celebration of books and film.
The full list of Read Regional 2020 titles is:
A Witch Come True, James Nicol (Chicken House)
The Moss House, Clara Barley (Bluemoose Books)
Remembered, Yvonne Battle-Felton (Dialogue Books)
The Blame Game, C. J. Cooke (HarperCollins)
A Shadow Intelligence, Oliver Harris (Little, Brown)
The Last Thing She Told Me, Linda Green (Quercus)
Supper Club, Lara Williams (Hamish Hamilton)
Icebreaker, Horatio Clare (Vintage)
The Celox and the Clot, Hafsah Aneela Bashir (Burning Eye Books)
Baldwin’s Catholic Geese, Keith Hutson (Bloodaxe Books)
For the selected authors, Read Regional is not only an opportunity to meet readers and talk about their work, but also to celebrate the vitality of libraries as places of inspiration and centres for the whole community.
Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New Writing North said:
“We’re very excited about this year’s list of Read Regional titles, which includes some of the very best literature coming out of the North, from poetry to memoir. Read Regional is for everyone. If you don’t usually attend author events, why not try one for the first time in your local library – you’ll find a warm welcome and the chance to chat to writers in a relaxed setting. If you’re already a regular attender, Read Regional is a great way to discover new books to discuss with other readers and to make the most of the precious resource that is your local public library.”
Find information about all of the Read Regional 2020 titles and events, plus free reading guides visit www.newwritingnorth.com
Northumberland Libraries are currently consulting on the future shape of the service with residents in the county. To submit your views and ideas go to www.mylibrary.co.uk
Pictured: Horatio Clare, one of the authors taking part in the Read Regional events at Northumberland Libraries