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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The story must be previously unpublished, set on the North West coast of England, and be no longer than 6k words.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

Lancashire author Alice Broadway dazzles with Ink

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

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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

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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