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Celebrating World Book Night 2017

Posted Saturday 22 April 2017 by Clancy Mason in Latest Libraries News

WBN 2017

Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in England alone, 36% of people don’t regularly read (DCMS, 2015).

World Book Night brings together a powerful collaboration of national partners – publishers, printers, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations – to inspire more people to read. Volunteers within organisations, businesses and communities share their love of reading by giving out books to people who don’t read for pleasure or own books. Events in the North West and up and down the country celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives.

World Book Night is celebrated on 23 April and run by The Reading Agency.

Because everything changes when we read.

In late 2013 World Book Night became part of The Reading Agency and is now run as one of the charity’s programmes as part of its work to inspire people to share reading and celebrate the difference it makes to our lives.

2017 will be the seventh World Book Night celebration.

Artist Opportunity: Expressions of Interest

Posted Wednesday 12 April 2017 by Clancy Mason in Latest Libraries News

Jane Austen

Brief for Expressions of Interest for Artist-led Activities to Celebrate Jane Austen

2017 What is Time To Read?

Time To Read (TTR) is a unique partnership of 22 Library Authorities in North West England, working together to promote reading since 2002.

The NW region covers Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and Greater Merseyside. The network’s activities are currently led by a coordinator and managed by a steering group made up of representatives from the NW Society of Chief Librarians (NW SCL), Arts Council England and The Reading Agency.

Authorities who have signed up as members to TTR benefit from the coordination of activity, support and shared resources across the NW. As a unified group, TTR can increase the quality of events and promotions, sharing resources, information and learning across the North West. This ensures we can make our current library stock and resources work harder for us, finding new ways for the public to engage with them.

Celebrating Jane Austen 2017

Each year TTR undertakes a large scale reader development project delivered in libraries across the North West.

To acknowledge the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death in 2017, TTR plans create a package of artistic activity that will support the 22 member library authorities across the North West, giving them a core offer with which they can form their own Jane Austen celebrations between July and December 2017.

This will include commissioning a new piece of touring theatre, a new visual art element looking at Austen’s letters and a pre-selected directory of artists with which libraries can choose to procure activity from artists who have an offer focusing on Jane Austen in some way.

What We Are Looking For

We are seeking artists, storytellers, writers, poets, creative organisations and performers who have an offer that can support the Jane Austen project in libraries who would like to be considered to be included in our artist directory.

Expressions of Interest which meet our criteria will be put to a selection panel made up from representatives from TTR who will create a directory of artist to be circulated to each of the 22 member library authorities for them to purchase activity which suites their requirements.

Practicalities

Please note the variety of physical library spaces across the North West in terms of size and facilities. Your work would need to be adaptable to fit these spaces. You must indicate on your Expression of Interest form any minimal technical specifics required to ensure the successful delivery of your activity.

Payment

Payment terms will be agreed between the artist and the commissioning library authority.

Selection Process

All expressions of interest will be considered carefully by a panel made up of members from Time To Read.

Our priorities for selection are:

  • That you can address all the practical issues such as budget, insurance and that you have identified any risks and have strategies to reduce / remove them.
  • You must have a bank account and be registered as self employed, Public Liability Insurance and be able to provide a UTR - (Unique Tax Reference).
  • You can provide evidence of previous experience of delivering creative activities with community groups and/or young people.
  • We are looking for a range of good quality engaging and innovative approaches to delivery.
  • Ideas that celebrate and fit the Jane Austen theme. This could be a contemporary interpretation or exploration of her work or themes. We are not seeking just period pieces but would also welcome work pitched in a contemporary way that is relevant and relatable to library users and can be used to build new library audiences.

Application

  • Completion of the Expression of Interest form
  • Confirmation that you can meet all points in the Selection Process outline above

Please reply in this instance with the EoI confirming that you to: Clancy Mason, Time To Read Coordinator clancy.masonttr@blackpool.gov.uk

Deadline for expressions of interest: Tuesday 9 May 2017

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Read Regional events in North West libraries

Posted Wednesday 8 March 2017 by Clancy Mason in Events

New Writing North are bringing some excellent authors to North West libraries this spring. Be sure to put these dates in your diaries...

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Time To Read joins LITFEST programme

Posted Tuesday 7 February 2017 by Clancy Mason in Events

Longbourn

Austen’s Secret Stories: Jo Baker in conversation with Clancy Mason

Friday 24th March 7:30pm 

Pride and Prejudice was only half of the story… In Jo Baker’s bestselling novel Longbourn she explores the privileged world of the Bennet family through the hidden lives of their servants. For housemaid Sarah, the predictable world of the servants’ hall is about to be changed forever.

Join Time To Read's Clancy Mason for an evening of conversation as Jo discusses the process of breathing new life into Austen’s world.


Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH

Tickets: £12 Full /£10 Concession Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways:

Online: VIC Ticketbox

In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

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. 21 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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