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Engaging Libraries Manchester funding success

Posted Monday 25 November 2019 by Sue Lawson in Latest Libraries News

It has recently been announced that Manchester Libraries have been successful, along with 13 other projects, in receiving funding from the Engaging Libraries

Phase 2 programme.

This fund was open to projects where public libraries would partner with research organisations, so the library could be used as venues to assist with research.

Manchester Libraries partnered with the University of Manchester's Multilingual Manchester for the 'Language Diversity in the City'. They recently worked with Multilingual Manchester on the Made in Manchester poem and International Mother Language Day.

The project will use four of our libraries to help Multilingual Manchester with their research, and allow us to further celebrate the linguistic diversity of the city. The libraries are Central Library, Forum Library, Longsight Library and North City Library. The project will begin in 2020 and complete in 2021.


Tameside Libraries Readers' and Writers' Festival - Read Here Write Now!

Posted Tuesday 5 November 2019 by Sue Lawson in Latest Libraries News

Are you a fan of books and reading?  Would you like to join in a creative writing class? All throughout November Tameside Library Service will be hosting author talks and writing workshops with bestselling authors such as Stephen Booth and Amanda Brooke.  

All talks are FREE but places are limited. You can book in person during staffed periods at any Library or please visit or give us a ring on 0161 342 2031

Storyskillers with Pamela Turton

Saturday 9 November 10am – 11am and 11.30am – 12.30pm, Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield, SK16 4DB.

This one hour workshop led by teacher turned author Pamela Turton will engage children in fun activities to develop their story writing skills using card prompts for characters, traits, setting, dialogue etc.  Suitable for children aged 8 – 13.

Pam is the author of several novels, poetry collections and non-fiction.  She is currently working on a sequel to her first novella, Stalkbook, and her first children’s book.  She has taught in primary/middle schools for over 25 years and regularly delivers Creative Writing workshops to both adults and children.  

Introduction to Writing Historical Fiction
Wednesday 13 November, 1pm – 3pm, Ashton Library, Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BH.

Do you enjoy reading fiction set in the past? Have you always wanted to have a go at writing historical fiction? In this workshop, Sophie Parkes-Nield will explain how she’s developed her historical fiction and, through activities and exercises, will encourage you to try your own.

Sophie now lives in Mossley where she founded and continues to facilitate Mossley Writers, a community writing group to which everyone is very welcome to join. Sophie won the Arvon Award at the Northern Writers’ Awards and is currently working on her first novel with her agent, Giles Milburn which is set around the time of the notorious Saddleworth 1832 Bill’s O’Jack’s murders.
Woman to Woman
Thursday 14 November 10.30am – 12.30pm, Denton Library, Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP. 
This event takes place during Open+ hours. Visitors should report to the Library entrance and staff will let you in for the event.

Join us for a morning of lively conversation and inspiration as we welcome Amanda Brooke, Patricia Dixon and Anita Waller, three successfully published female authors. Louise Croombs from BBC Radio Manchester will be delving into our authors’ journeys into writing. 

Louise is a multi-award winning broadcaster, speaker and event host with 5 gold awards for radio presenting and journalism.
Amanda Brooke published her first novel in her mid-forties, having turned to writing as a way of coping with the death of her young son.

Anita has written and taught creative writing for most of her life, and at the age of sixty nine sent a manuscript to Bloodhound Books which was immediately accepted.

Patricia Dixon lives in Manchester and is the bestselling author of eight novels set in her home city and the Loire Valley, a place to close to her heart and from where she gathers inspiration for her characters and tales.

Alex and His Magic Dragon with Rose Miller
Saturday 16 November 11am -12pm and 1pm – 2pm, Stalybridge Library, Trinity Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2BN.

Rose is a local children’s author and will be reading from her recently published book, Alex and his Magic Dragon. A collection of delightful stories about Alex and his magic dragon Flicker who, with a flick of his tail, will make the fun and magic begin!  Suitable for children aged 5+

Meet the Author Phaedra Patrick
Wednesday 20 November 2pm – 3, Ashton Library, Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BH.

Oldham based author Phaedra Patrick will be talking about her latest book, The Library of Lost and Found which is the Great North West Read for this November.  So come along and join in the massive book group discussion.

Meet the Author Matt Hilton
Thursday 21 November 1pm – 2.30pm, Ashton Library, Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BH.

Matt Hilton quit his career as a police officer with Cumbria Constabulary to pursue his love of writing tight, cinematic American-style thrillers. To date, he is the author of 17 thrillers and a number of standalone horror and supernatural novels.

Matt is a high-ranking martial artist and has been a detective and private security specialist, all of which lend an authenticity to the action scenes in his books.  

The Postman, the Electrician, and the Supermarket Delivery Driver: The Long Road to Publication.
Friday 22 November, 11am – 12.30pm, Hyde Library, Town Hall, Greenfield Street, Hyde, SK14 1AL.

Are you trying to get published? After trying for a decade James Ellson finally succeeded, and he may have the solution for you. An interactive presentation in which James weaves an analysis of the routes to publication with his personal journey.

James Ellson was a police officer for 15 years, starting in London and finishing as a DI at Moss Side in Manchester. He’s been writing ever since and his first book, The Trail is being published by Unbound in spring 2020.  He has also recently graduated from the Manchester School of Writing.  James gives talks at festivals and to writing groups, and mentors on work-in-progress.

Reaching Your Subconscious - Linda Brogan
Tuesday 26 November, 2pm – 5pm, Denton Library, Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP.
This event takes place during Open+ hours. Visitors should report to the Library entrance and staff will let you in for the event.

Linda uses a writing technique she developed that is guaranteed to reach your subconscious.  Objects give you action, motivation, dialogue and drive the narrative. Your subconscious will always drive the truth. Designed around an object you can't live without, join Linda for her unique creative writing session.  

Linda is a multi award-winning playwright. She has produced work for major theatres in the UK.  She is resident at the National Theatre, Contact Theatre, Peterborough Maximum Security Prison, and Askam Grange Open Prison.

Meet the Author Andrew Hurley
Wednesday 27 November, 6pm – 7.15pm, Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield, SK16 4DB.
This event takes place during Open+ hours. Visitors should report to the Library entrance and staff will let you in for the event.

Andrew Michael Hurley is the author of two short story collections and two award-winning novels. He lives in Lancashire with his family and teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Writing School.
Andrew’s third novel, Starve Acre, will be published in October 2019. ​  

Meet the Author Martin Edwards
Thursday 28 November 1.15pm – 2.45pm, Droylsden Library, Manchester Rd, Droylsden, M43 6EP.
This event takes place during Open+ hours. Visitors should report to the Library entrance and staff will let you in for the event.

Martin Edwards’ latest novel, Gallows Court, is a thriller set in 1930 which has been nominated for both the 2019 eDunnit award for best crime novel and the CWA Historical Dagger. He recently received the Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library, awarded by UK librarians, for his body of work and has just been nominated for the fourth time for the CWA Short Story Dagger.

Martin is President of the Detection Club, consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics, and former Chair of the CWA. He has also received the CWA Short Story Dagger, the CWA Margery Allingham Prize, a CWA Red Herring, and the Poirot award “for his outstanding contribution to the crime genre”.


Meet Phaedra Patrick - the 2019 Great North West Read author plus more events

Posted Thursday 24 October 2019 by Sue Lawson in Latest Libraries News

Great North West Read events with author Phaedra Patrick

Phaedra holding her novel

Join Phaedra at the following libraries during November where she will read from her book, sign copies, answer questions and share stories about her journey to becoming a best-selling author. Readers are also encouraged to get involved on social media using the hashtag #GNWR.

Wednesday 6 November

11am Warrington Library
Call 01925 442889 for more details

2pm Newton Le Willows Library - Afternoon tea with Phaedra
Get your tickets from Eventbrite or call in at the library .

Call 01744 677885 for more details

Monday 11 November

11.15am Lancaster Library
Get your tickets from Eventbrite

2.30pm Moor Park Library, Bispham
Call 01253 478120 for more details

Thursday 14 November

2pm Northwich Library
Call 01606 275646 for more details

Wednesday 20 November

2pm Ashton Library
Call 0161 342 2029 for more details

7pm Altrincham Library
Call 0161 912 5920 for more details

Thursday 21 November

1pm Wigan Library, Wigan Life Centre
Call 01942 827621 for more details

More Great North West themed happenings

Saturday 2 November
3 - 4:30pm Oldham Library

Oldham Born ‘n’ Read Cream Tea - don't miss this extra special Cream Tea hosted by a panel of bestselling Oldham authors; Kirsty Greenwood, Phaedra Patrick and Jacqueline Ward.

The special Cream Tea with Three is part of a fantastic day long event - Oldham Born 'n' Read - to celebrate the start of NanoWriMo. Head over to the Eventbrite page to get your ticket and find out more about the packed day long programme of events for writers and aspiring writers. Everything starts at 11am. National Novel Writing Month, is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November.

Booker Shortlist announced

Posted Tuesday 3 September 2019 by Sue Lawson in Latest Libraries News

The shortlist has been announced for the 2019 £50,000 Booker Prize, which is supported by the charitable foundation Crankstart. The winner will be named on October 14. The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. This year's shortlisted titles are:

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

The Testaments Cover of Ducks, Newburyport An Orchestra of Minorities

Quichotte 10 Minutes in 38 Seconds in this Strange World Girl, Woman, Other

Are you looking for a reading challenge. Try reading the Booker 2019 longlist. Books available to reserve or borrow from a library near you!

Margaret Atwood (Canada), The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
Kevin Barry (Ireland), Night Boat to Tangier (Canongate Books)
Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria), My Sister, The Serial Killer (Atlantic Books)
Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK), Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)
Bernardine Evaristo (UK), Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)
John Lanchester (UK), The Wall (Faber & Faber)
Deborah Levy (UK), The Man Who Saw Everything (Hamish Hamilton)
Valeria Luiselli (Mexico/Italy), Lost Children Archive (4th Estate)
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)
Max Porter (UK), Lanny (Faber & Faber)
Salman Rushdie (UK/India), Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)
Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey), 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)
Jeanette Winterson (UK), Frankissstein (Jonathan Cape)

Awards: Booker Shortlist

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