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Lancashire author Alice Broadway dazzles with Ink

Posted Tuesday 24 January 2017 by Clancy Mason in Latest Libraries News

Ink book

Lancashire debut author Alice Broadway shares her journey about getting her book Ink published:

'When my 2nd child was 6 months old I started a blog to keep up to date with family and friends. It reminded me that all I ever wanted to be when I was little was a writer. Writing the blog became a way of processing life with very young children and the demands of caring for a child with special needs. I also used it as a way of sharing play and storytelling resources I had created with other families.

In 2013 I had just been diagnosed with depression and decided to try doing Nanowrimo. I treated it as a kind of therapy where I was allowed to play with an idea that had been running through my mind. I only managed 12k but eventually those messy words became Ink. It was the first time I had tried writing a novel.

My favourite places to work are sat on a comfy chair in the kitchen or in our yellow camper van, parked up somewhere pretty with a cup of tea. I was not a cool child. I had terrible hair, awful teeth and massive glasses; I was desperately shy and very happy to hide behind my older and more accomplished sisters. I was perpetually unsure of myself, except in one way; I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Books were my escape and my passion. I wanted to be part of the magic that happened when I opened a book which made the rest of the world disappear. But that seemed too good to be true and the dream got lost somewhere. It was only when I was in my mid-30s with the pre-school years of parenting almost over that I remembered that part of me and began, very tentatively, to write Ink.

The dream began again and I’ve still not woken up. My experience as a parent of a child with special needs has changed me completely. I have learned patience, tenacity and the ability to function with 10 years of broken sleep. Our choice to adopt our eldest child has changed our lives and all for the better.

I am open about my personal experience of mental illness and feel that writing has been and will always be part of my own journey through it.'

Quick round Q&A:

Favourite TV show: currently Parks and Recreation

Favourite film: Spirited Away Favourite actor/singer:

Favourite food: roast potatoes

Favourite piece of clothing: whatever is newest.

Best holiday: St Ives

Favourite animal: puffer fish.I do google image searches of them when I’m sad because they make me laugh so much.

Worst subject at school: dance and maths

Best subject at school: English

Most commonly used word/phrase: ‘lovely’

Describe yourself in three words: introvert, indoorsy, emotional

INK is released on 2 February 2017 and Alice will be touring libraries in the North West this spring.

#LovetoRead at Winsford Library

Posted Saturday 29 October 2016 by Clancy Mason in Events, Latest Libraries News


Library staff at Winsford Library got into the spirit of the BBC's #LovetoRead campaign by taking some fun selfies with props created by artists Emily&Anne to help customers celebrate their favorite books.


Librarians in the Time To Read network were asked by Emily&Anne what they thought their customers favorite books might be, and were asked to come up with a shortlist of 10 suggestions of characters, authors or books to be made into selfie props for customers to enjoy.

Jane selfie

Suggestions included Sherlock Holmes, Winnie the Pooh, Lord of the Rings, Jane Austen, Treasure Island and The Hunger Games.

The selfie sessions are part of SCL’s support for the BBC’s ongoing Get Reading campaign - which aims to promote and encourage reading for pleasure. The BBC #LovetoRead weekend (November 5&6) will focus on social media - asking audiences to share their book recommendations via Twitter and Facebook. An allied campaign, launched the week before, will ask young people to share content on Snapchat, Tumblr and Instagram.        

Please do visit your local library to find out more, grab yourself some props, take a selfie and remember to include #LovetoRead #Libraires. Enjoy!

Find out how to become a Reading Ambassador

Posted Wednesday 26 October 2016 by Clancy Mason in Latest Libraries News

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There are many ways to encourage people to share your love of reading, and The Publishers Association have some suggestions to help.

The Publishers Association are calling on all book-lovers to become a Reading Ambassador in their communities. On their website their top ten tips are listed to help you help others love reading for pleasure as much as you do.

You can sign up to receive a monthly newsletter with the latest tips, events, and information.

Reading Ambassador

Becky Want’s BBC Radio Book Club

Posted Tuesday 23 August 2016 by Melanie Graaf in Latest Libraries News

BBC Radio Manchester

When I was asked if I’d like to take part in Becky Want’s BBC Manchester Radio Book Club with Danny Middleton from Manchester Central Library, I had no idea what to expect. We would be representing Greater Manchester Libraries but it was a great opportunity to promote libraries and of course, talk about books.

We were both invited to have a look behind the scene at Media City, We met the producer Helen and Becky and the lunch-timers. It was a fabulous afternoon. We were both impressed by the BBC Radio set up. Helen gave us a tour and we had a chat with the lunch-timers. Becky was busy presenting her show; but we did get to say hello.

We went back to Media City on the 1st July to launch “Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith. Danny and I were feeling pretty nervous. We introduced ourselves to our radio audience. Becky highlighted that people could go into their local library in the Greater Manchester area and borrow copies of the titles we would be reading.

Danny promoted Manchester Library and mentioned the Teenage Take-Over Day going on that weekend. I spoke about Bolton Libraries and Museums, services and events. At the end of July, I was back at the studio. Helen had sent me the agenda. I was going to set the scene; talk about the author and give an overview of the book and how people have reviewed it.

Thankfully, I’d read the book and done my research, as Helen understandably wanted it to flow like a conversation; so notes confiscated at the door! In the second half of the show, the book clubbers reviewed “Career of Evil” with mixed thoughts. Becky was taking questions that people had tweeted and rang in with. When you are on radio you have to get used to looking for the red light; it means you’re on air. It feels really strange to hear yourself, when you play the show back.

It’s been a wonderful experience for us; we look forward to reading and encouraging our readers to borrow the books from our Greater Manchester Libraries and also local libraries in the North West.

The books we are reading until the end of 2016 are -

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - Joanna Cannon (Aug)

The Couple Next Door - Shari Le Pena (Sept)

Moving - Jenny Eclair (Oct)

Finding Tipperary Mary - Phyllis Whitsell (Nov)

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce (Dec)

Tune in and listen to us!

Melanie Graaf (From Bolton Libraries and Museum)

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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