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Artist Opportunity: New Words Project

Posted Tuesday 22 October 2019 by Sue Lawson in Funding Opportunities, Latest Libraries News

Proposals are invited from artists for Time to Read’s ‘New Words’ Project

New Words logoNew Words is a new 18-month project, supported by Arts Council England, to promote and develop relationships between independent publishers and libraries in the North West, broadening reading experiences for existing readers, and developing new readers to libraries and publishers. 

Time To Read
Time To Read is a unique partnership of 22 Library Authorities in NW England, working together to promote reading. The NW region covers Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and Greater Merseyside. 

Time To Read are partnering with some of the most exciting and innovative North West ACE-funded publishers: Carcanet, Comma, Saraband, Dead Ink and Knives, Forks and Spoons

The purpose of the project is to:

  • Improve Links between North West Publishers and Libraries

  • Raise public and library staff awareness of publishers via book collections, events and displays

  • Explore new ways of promoting books through an artistic element

This will be done through:

  • 22 author/publisher events, one in each North West Library authority

  • Displays of selected titles

Titles selected for promotion as part of the project are:

Protest Stories ed by Ra Page
Letters Home by Martyn Bedford

Dead Ink
Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardie
Please Read This Leaflet Carefully by Karen Havelin

Ann Bronte Reimagined by Adelle Hay
Incandescent by Anna Levin

Many Red Fish by Steve Spence
Riverrun by Alan Baker

Now We Can Talk Openly About Men by Martina Evans
Girl by Rebecca Goss

The Brief
Proposals are invited from an experienced artist as to imaginative ways to promote the books and publishers selected as part of the project. Materials produced should be transportable or easily replicable through different library spaces. They may also make use of under-utilised spaces such as floors and ceilings. 

Proposals might include easily reproduced items such as leaflets, bookmarks, headers or empty belly posters. They may also include easily transportable displays.

The artist is expected to visit a number of libraries as part of the project to familiarise themselves with the possibilities and limitations of the spaces.

Materials should be non-date specific so they have the potential for use after the project, and should incorporate both ‘Time to Read’ and ‘New Words’ in the branding.

Resources and Support

Time to Read will liaise with the artist and suggest a suitable range of libraries to visit during the research and development phase of the project. Time to Read will also be available to offer practical advice and feedback as the project evolves. 

£2500 for design and creation, including travel (10 days x Artist Union of England fee of £218 per day, plus travel allowance).
£3000 printing and production.

The Proposal
Proposals should include the artist’s ideas for the project, a brief cv (relevant to the project) including images of previous work, and an estimated budget for the production of materials, based on the figure above.

Materials should be available for use by end January/beginning of Feb 2020.

All proposals will be considered by members of the New Words Project working group.

All enquiries and proposals to Sue Lawson at s.lawson@manchester.gov.uk

Closing date for proposals: 10.00am Friday 8th November 2019

Tess Gerritsen returns to Bolton Libraries

Posted Wednesday 9 October 2019 by Sue Lawson in Latest Libraries News

Bolton Libraries have scored yet another major coup for readers! Bolton Central Library will be the first stop on the latest UK tour for internationally best-selling crime writer Tess Gerritsen.

Tess will be talking about her riveting Gothic thriller, The Shape of Night. “Gerritsen creates an atmospheric scene with the mansion and the Maine coastline, and readers will almost feel the breeze and hear the waves crashing against the rocks. The main story of Ava, who may — or may not — be descending into madness, is compelling, and a clever twist or two steers the narrative in unexpected ways…another winner for Gerritsen.” Associated Press

The Shape of Night book cover

This isn't the first time the world famous author has visited Bolton Library, thanks to the hard work of Mel Graaf who works for Bolton Libraries. Be sure to get a ticket by following the Eventbrite link!

Poetry, Politics, Pop & Rock - Manchester Literature Festival

Posted Tuesday 1 October 2019 by Sue Lawson in Events

This year’s Manchester Literature Festival line-up is packed with award-winning writers, rock musicians, the new Poet Laureate and, for the first time in the city, the Booker Prize 2019 shortlist showcase where some of this year’s shortlisted authors will read and discuss their novels at this special event.

Amongst those appearing are Jeanette Winterson, Jonathan Safran Foer, Celeste Ng, David Nicholls, Mona Eltahawy, Deborah Levy, Howard Jacobson, Jackie Kay, John Lanchester, David Nott, Simon Armitage, Guy Garvey, Deborah Moggach, Jon Savage, Elif Shafak, Dave Haslam, Sarah Hall, Hanif Kureishi, Brett Anderson, Jung Chang, Caroline Criado Perez, Clementine Ford, Lemn Sissay, Henry Normal, Cathy Newman and more.

Manchester Literature Festival

Manchester Literature Festival maintains its support of original writing with its series of New Commissions, including the annual Castlefield Manchester Sermon delivered this year by Gillian Slovo, and new co-commissions in partnership with Manchester Museum and Manchester Libraries. Poet and playwright Inua Ellams (Barbershop Chronicles) responds to an artefact from Benin in Manchester Museum’s collection, and aspiring Manchester poets Hafsah Aneela Bashir and Isaiah Hull perform new work as part of the Festival’s Rewriting Longsight project with Longsight Library and #McrCreativeSpaces.

Manchester Literature Festival’s events offer more than the usual questions and answer sessions, with the Festival’s unique in-conversation pairings giving new insights and respite from a world that can often seem turbulent and bewildering. The programme considers the greatest issues of our day - climate crisis, gender equality, toxic masculinity, Islamophobia, political activism and class division - as well as exploring the diverse worlds of music, 1980s art and clubbing, and even trauma surgery in conflict zones.

Featuring over 100 established and emerging writers speaking in a broad range of events across 17 days, the Festival also includes the popular Weightmans Literary Walking Tours and plenty for younger readers in a programme that features immersive theatre show Ready Steady Lift Off! and an afternoon with David Baddiel.

Visit the festival website to book your tickets and discover even more events andhappenings across the city and beyond. Don't miss out!

Applications are now open to join the INN CROWD

Posted Saturday 7 September 2019 by Sue Lawson

Applications are now open to join the INN CROWD and perform live literature in pubs and community spaces!

INN CROWD is a programme of high quality live literature performances touring to rural pubs across the UK from 2019-2022. It helps reinforce pubs as central to rural community life by bringing exceptional cultural experiences to new audiences.

INN CROWD offers funding, bookings, development support, and publicity to support brilliant live literature artists. Shows, sets or performances may include elements of theatre, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, literary adaptation, comedy, live art and audience participation … but the starting point for performances must be written or composed text.

Applications are now open to join the INN CROWD and perform in front of exciting new audiences. Deadline: 5pm, Monday 23 September 2019. 

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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