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Wirral Free Bookfest

Posted Wednesday 13 September 2017 by Ian Anstice in Latest Libraries News

Wirral Bookfest returns to Wirral's with some fantastic events in Wirral's libraries between from 3 to 30 October.

All of the events are in libraries and they are all free, featuring local authors who have made good, local authors making good and those who are experts on authors.

Find out more via the Wirral BookFest website

More authors announced, and money off, at the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival

Posted Wednesday 9 August 2017 by Ian Anstice in Latest Libraries News

New authors announced for Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, plus 25% discount until end of August

Terry Waite CBE, Alan Johnson and Mandasue Heller join a line-up which also includes talk show legend Sir Michael Parkinson, comedian and novelist Jenny Eclair and Manchester poet Tony Walsh aka Longfella. See this article for more details.

2017-06-28-lit-festThe 7 day festival in October 2017 will include humanitarian and author Terry Waite CBE, former Home Secretary and MP Alan Johnson, along with one of the UK's best loved crime writers, Mandasue Heller.

This year there are nearly 40 events in 13 venues from 17 to 23 October 2017 during the festival organised by Rochdale Borough Council plus preview events from September 2017.

In addition, there is an early bird discount of 25% on all tickets purchased before 4pm on 31 August. 

All the details are of course on the festival website.


New e-book released showing the importance of public library computers

Posted Tuesday 4 July 2017 by Ian Anstice in Latest Libraries News

Short Stories from the People's Network

Computers in public libraries: Local examples tell a national story

A new book highlighting the importance of the Peoples Network – the national network of free internet-connected computers in public libraries – will be officially launched at the CILIP conference in Manchester. Detailing the experiences of library staff and users in ten Local Authorities, Short Stories from the People’s Network demonstrates how computers in libraries continue to offer their communities a lifeline for many critical tasks that can now only be achieved with internet access.

The book is published by Lorensbergs, provider of netloan library PC software, and endorsed by CILIP, the library and information association. It was conceived and published as a response to the persistent need to support internet access for those lacking digital literacy skills, home computers or broadband. Despitesome assumptions that it’s now easy for everyone to get online, the evidence from these accounts points to a service that remains absolutely essential to its millions of users.

Nick Poole, CILIP Chief Executive, who provides a foreword to the book, says:

“As it approaches its 20th anniversary, it can be easy to forget just how essential the Peoples Network really is. At CILIP, we’re committed to achieving a thriving library and information sector at the heart of Britain’s social, cultural and economic life. The People’s Network is at the very core of that vision, providing millions of hours of supported internet access every year. I hope that this fantastic book drives more recognition and support of this much-needed part of our national digital infrastructure.”

The book has been warmly welcomed by library heads and campaigners for raising the profile of an essential national resource. As well as evidencing the work undertaken by libraries in advancing digital skills nationally, it provides examples of how computers and other technologies in libraries inspire their customers with code clubs, 3D and wireless printing, and a trove of online reference materials. The e-book version is available at

The CILIP Conference takes place on the 5 and 6 July in Manchester. It brings information, library and knowledge professionals together to discuss, understand and share insight into the key issues for the sector. Keynote speakers include Dr Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, and the first African American and first female to be appointed to the prestigious role; Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute; and Neil MacInnes, Strategic Lead for Libraries, Galleries and Culture at Manchester City Council.

COSTA Book winner to Bluemoose Books

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017 by Clancy Mason in Competitions & Prizes, Latest Libraries News

COSTA Book winner to Bluemoose Books


There is an opportunity for 5 new writers to be published alongside award winning writers: Andrew Michael Hurley, Carys Bray, Paul Kingsnorth, Peter Kalu and Kirsty Logan in a short story collection.

Bluemoose Books are looking for stories from new writers and new voices for an anthology of short fiction set on the North West Coast edited by the award winning writer Jenn Ashworth.

From the bright lights of Blackpool to the eerie calm of Morecambe bay, from the port of Whitehaven down to the dunes of Formby, we want your stories. We're interested in the untold tales: the seasonal workers, the overlooked natural world, the off-peak and under-written. We're interested in tales from the edge: edge of the country, edge of society, and perhaps even the edge of a life.

The story must be previously unpublished, set on the North West coast of England, and be no longer than 6k words. The writer doesn't have to be born, live or work in the area to write about it and we're looking for surprising perspectives and diverse voices.

(For the purposes of this collection, 'new writer' means they haven’t previously published a book-length work of fiction, poetry or creative non - fiction before).

To submit: the writer needs to send their work as a word doc email attachment to - Including their name and contact details, and a short bio.

Deadline: September 15th 2017 - entries submitted after this date will not be read.

Contact: Kevin Duffy -


01422 842731

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