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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

Tess Gerritsen returns to Bolton Libraries

Posted Wednesday 9 October 2019 by Sue Lawson in Latest Libraries News

Bolton Libraries have scored yet another major coup for readers! Bolton Central Library will be the first stop on the latest UK tour for internationally best-selling crime writer Tess Gerritsen.

Tess will be talking about her riveting Gothic thriller, The Shape of Night. “Gerritsen creates an atmospheric scene with the mansion and the Maine coastline, and readers will almost feel the breeze and hear the waves crashing against the rocks. The main story of Ava, who may — or may not — be descending into madness, is compelling, and a clever twist or two steers the narrative in unexpected ways…another winner for Gerritsen.” Associated Press

The Shape of Night book cover

This isn't the first time the world famous author has visited Bolton Library, thanks to the hard work of Mel Graaf who works for Bolton Libraries. Be sure to get a ticket by following the Eventbrite link!

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

Joseph Coehlo's Library Marathon

Posted Friday 30 August 2019 by Guest blog writer in Latest Libraries News

Poet and author Joseph Coelho called in to Blackburn Central Library this week, as part of his national Library Marathon. On Saturday 24 August he joined the library, chatted to staff, and donated two books. Plus he posed for a photograph with the library’s other special guest Marshall the puppy, part of the Brickburn Paw Patrol trail around the town centre!

As part of his Library Marathon Joseph is physically visiting a library in each authority to join and receive his library card. He’s plotting his progress on a giant library marathon map on his website, tweeting and blogging his journey around the UK.

Joseph has long been a passionate and vociferous supporter of libraries in the UK. His debut picture book, Luna Loves Library Day, illustrated by Fiona Lumbers and published by Andersen Press, celebrates his love for libraries and his own childhood spent in libraries. 

The Library Marathon is undertaken with the support of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals) and Libraries Connected. 
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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