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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

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

New Words

Posted Monday 15 April 2019 by Ian Anstice in Funding Opportunities, Latest Libraries News

New Words logo“New Words” is an 18 month project to promote North West publishers and North West libraries to each-other and to the public. Partners in the project are the 22 Time To Read partner library services and the North West ACE-funded publishers (Carcanet, Comma Press, Dead Ink, Knives Forks and Spoons, Saraband).

The following is a technical overview of the project but look out in the future for events and promotions flowing from it ...


  • Improve links between North West publishers and libraries

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

  • Art element will explore explore new ways of promoting books.


  • 22 events plus showcase event and learning event

  • Displays

  • Reading group resources

Working group members

Comma PressWorking group will include include co-ordinator, five representatives from publishers (one per publisher), five representatives from library services and others as appropriate. Expected to meet five times, with four meetings are scheduled, with the fifth being as and when needed.


Publishers will provide suggestions of books for collection/displays and to provide suggestions from authors and publishers for 22 events (one per library service). Events from the publisher themselves may include how to get published. They will work with librarians on how best to put on author events generally.


Librarians will attend five meetings with publishers. Some of the meetings will be in Manchester but other venues will be considered. Librarians will choose which titles to use in reading group sets and to decide how to best serve those non-set using library services. They will choose authors/publishers, from a selection provided by publishers, for events. Assist in arranging events, including showcase event, and fixing ticket price levels. 

Librarians will work with artist on what artwork is required for the project, share an explanation of their library stock purchasing process with publishers , discuss how best to ensure the work of regional publishers is purchased for North West libraries and discuss with publishers how to place other events in libraries outside of the scope of the New Words project. They will also consider ways of increasing diversity in stock buying to include more non-bestsellers and local stock.

Knives Forks and Spoons logoContractors

All appointments will be made in a fair and open process of advertising and selection by members of Time To Read. It may be that the posts are combined e.g. the artist and co-ordinator may be the same person.


An emerging artist will be chosen. The nature of the artist will be decided by the librarian/publisher group at the start of the project. The artist will need to be familiar with public libraries and/or will visit libraries to be aware of limitations (e.g. lack of display space) and possibilities. He or she will discuss with working group as to best options and may develop easily produced point of sale items, perhaps including book marks, leaflet, feedback postcards, header for book display, empty belly posters for space to write feedback comments or book reviews from librarians or customers etc.

He or she may develop eyecatching displays to promote the chosen books and publishers. Artists may wish to use currently under-utilised space in buildings for this e.g. floors, ceilings, stairs. Displays need to be easily moveable in the case of physical displays or duplicatable in the case of vinyls etc. Art is specifically not to include a single physical art piece as it would be difficult to sufficiently tour it.


SarabandAn independent evaluator will be engaged at the start, middle and end of the project to ensure that evaluation is at the heart of the programme and the most lessons are learnt from it.

Evaluation suggested (tentative): For staff: To be measured by pre- and post-project survey, independent interviews with staff and publishers.  Measure awareness of publishers/libraries with eachother at start and end of project. Online survey of participants at start and end inc. likelihood to work together again. Half day with a publisher and librarian at start of project to decide aims. For the public: To be measured by survey of those who have seen displays, art and reading group collections. Measure number of titles, and issues, in libraries at start and end of project. This includes counting the number of books by the publishers in the target libraries at the start and end of the project e.g. count issues of books by publishers and measure the amount of poetry. - Sample readers (bookmark/postcard), event attenders (online/paper form).             

Carcanet logoCo-ordinator

To arrange and attend meetings, travel, prep and co-ordination of various strands. Familiarisation of project, consultation, overseeing of various stages.

Time To Read

Will produce a toolkit on how best to promote local/independently published works in libraries including events and displays. Provide web space for promoted works, pending permission from those which are chosen, and it is expected also to include audio and video clips. Time To Read will promote to book bloggers and work with working group/artist to on publicity to include Facebook and press release.


Dead Ink Logo2019

  • May or earlier: Selection and appointment of librarians and publishers for working group.

  • May: appointment of co-ordinator

  • 30 May: First meeting

  • June: appointment of artist and evaluator. Publishers choose titles to submit to librarians for displays/reading group boxes and to develop event options

  • July: Librarians choose titles.

  • August: Second meeting. Artist to visit libraries, look at books and work on brief.

  • August/September: Books and materials bought for reading groups.

  • October: Third meeting

  • November/December: events booked, Distribution of reading group sets.


  • January to June: Events. 22 events with c. 20 attending each. Events will be ticketed/charged for with income being paid to Time To Read as part of funding.

  • April: fourth meeting

  • August: Showcasing event with c.50 attending. Event can be ticketed/charged for (C.£5). The showcase event will be for the authors and publishers to meet together with the public and librarians to gain a multi-faceted view of what's available.

    • Show what has been done in libraries and publishers to date e.g. displays, events.

    • Authors and panel discussing what has been learnt.

    • Opportunity, and encouragement, to mix at lunch.

    • Invite all relevant publishers and library services inc. Libraries Connected, Taskforce.

  • September: Half day session to share learning. Budget: £500 for publishers, £100 for artist,

Reading group sets

  • Funds for 22 reading group sets to include skips.   


    There are currently two vacancies associated with this project:




Small grant

Posted Friday 2 May 2014 by Jane Mathieson in Funding Opportunities

LEAP has £20,000 available. £10,000 is available to libraries with a maximum grant allowance of £4,000

Better Worlds Book’s LEAP (Literacy and Education in Action Programme) UK and Europe fund was launched on Monday 14 April. LEAP funds literacy, educational non-profit organisations and libraries for specific projects.

LEAP has £20,000 available. £10,000 is available to libraries with a maximum grant allowance of £4,000.

£10,000 is available to non–profit organisations

The opening date for applications was 14 April 2014 and the closing date is 13 June 2014

. There is more information at: for libraries for non-profit organisations.

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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