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Celebrating World Book Night 2017

Posted Saturday 22 April 2017 by Clancy Mason in Latest Libraries News

WBN 2017

Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in England alone, 36% of people don’t regularly read (DCMS, 2015).

World Book Night brings together a powerful collaboration of national partners – publishers, printers, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations – to inspire more people to read. Volunteers within organisations, businesses and communities share their love of reading by giving out books to people who don’t read for pleasure or own books. Events in the North West and up and down the country celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives.

World Book Night is celebrated on 23 April and run by The Reading Agency.

Because everything changes when we read.

In late 2013 World Book Night became part of The Reading Agency and is now run as one of the charity’s programmes as part of its work to inspire people to share reading and celebrate the difference it makes to our lives.

2017 will be the seventh World Book Night celebration.

Artist Opportunity: Expressions of Interest

Posted Wednesday 12 April 2017 by Clancy Mason in Latest Libraries News

Jane Austen

Brief for Expressions of Interest for Artist-led Activities to Celebrate Jane Austen

2017 What is Time To Read?

Time To Read (TTR) is a unique partnership of 22 Library Authorities in North West England, working together to promote reading since 2002.

The NW region covers Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and Greater Merseyside. The network’s activities are currently led by a coordinator and managed by a steering group made up of representatives from the NW Society of Chief Librarians (NW SCL), Arts Council England and The Reading Agency.

Authorities who have signed up as members to TTR benefit from the coordination of activity, support and shared resources across the NW. As a unified group, TTR can increase the quality of events and promotions, sharing resources, information and learning across the North West. This ensures we can make our current library stock and resources work harder for us, finding new ways for the public to engage with them.

Celebrating Jane Austen 2017

Each year TTR undertakes a large scale reader development project delivered in libraries across the North West.

To acknowledge the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death in 2017, TTR plans create a package of artistic activity that will support the 22 member library authorities across the North West, giving them a core offer with which they can form their own Jane Austen celebrations between July and December 2017.

This will include commissioning a new piece of touring theatre, a new visual art element looking at Austen’s letters and a pre-selected directory of artists with which libraries can choose to procure activity from artists who have an offer focusing on Jane Austen in some way.

What We Are Looking For

We are seeking artists, storytellers, writers, poets, creative organisations and performers who have an offer that can support the Jane Austen project in libraries who would like to be considered to be included in our artist directory.

Expressions of Interest which meet our criteria will be put to a selection panel made up from representatives from TTR who will create a directory of artist to be circulated to each of the 22 member library authorities for them to purchase activity which suites their requirements.

Practicalities

Please note the variety of physical library spaces across the North West in terms of size and facilities. Your work would need to be adaptable to fit these spaces. You must indicate on your Expression of Interest form any minimal technical specifics required to ensure the successful delivery of your activity.

Payment

Payment terms will be agreed between the artist and the commissioning library authority.

Selection Process

All expressions of interest will be considered carefully by a panel made up of members from Time To Read.

Our priorities for selection are:

  • That you can address all the practical issues such as budget, insurance and that you have identified any risks and have strategies to reduce / remove them.
  • You must have a bank account and be registered as self employed, Public Liability Insurance and be able to provide a UTR - (Unique Tax Reference).
  • You can provide evidence of previous experience of delivering creative activities with community groups and/or young people.
  • We are looking for a range of good quality engaging and innovative approaches to delivery.
  • Ideas that celebrate and fit the Jane Austen theme. This could be a contemporary interpretation or exploration of her work or themes. We are not seeking just period pieces but would also welcome work pitched in a contemporary way that is relevant and relatable to library users and can be used to build new library audiences.

Application

  • Completion of the Expression of Interest form
  • Confirmation that you can meet all points in the Selection Process outline above

Please reply in this instance with the EoI confirming that you to: Clancy Mason, Time To Read Coordinator clancy.masonttr@blackpool.gov.uk

Deadline for expressions of interest: Tuesday 9 May 2017

/media/Resources/Vacancies/Jane_Austen_Artist_EOI_form.pdf

/media/Resources/Vacancies/Brief_for_Jane_Austen_artists_2017.pdf

Lancashire author Alice Broadway dazzles with Ink

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

Ink book

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

#LoveToRead

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.

Sherlock

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!

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. 21 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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