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Libraries across Cumbria to host book authors for reading campaign

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Libraries across Cumbria will be hosting a number of events with renowned authors as part of their 'Read Regional' campaign.

The campaign is described as a celebration of new books from across the North of England, run by the New Writing North orhanisation and local authorities.

A wide variety of debut books of literary fiction, crime fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, poetry and writing for children were chosen this year.

Six writers will be visiting libraries across Cumbria:

  • John Donaghue and Naomi Booth - Monday 12 June, 2pm - Penrith Library
  • Jack Mapanje + Exploring Poetry workshop with Anna Woodford (part of Kendal Poetry Festival) - Friday 16 June, 2pm - Kendal Library
  • Kathleen McKay - Monday 19 June, 1.30pm - Barrow Library
  • Margaret Mulligan (for school pupils and staff only) - Friday 23 June, 10.30am at Workington Library and 2pm at Whitehaven Library
  • Gulwali Passarlay - Tuesday 4 July, 7pm - Carlisle Library

The campaign was founded in 2008, with the aim to connect authors with readers in libraries across the north as well as encourage them to read a book by a new writer or a different genre.

We are excited to announce this year’s Read Regional list, which must be one of our strongest yet. Read Regional is all about celebrating new books by authors in the North, and encouraging readers in the region to pick up a new title and perhaps come and meet the author in their local library.

Libraries are the perfect places to challenge your reading, and we are fortunate to work with librarians who are passionate about promoting new authors and helping readers to find books they will love. We hope all readers will add a Read Regional title to their reading list.

– Claire Malcolm, Chief Executive, New Writing North

This is the second year Cumbria Libraries have taken part in Read Regional, and we are delighted to be hosting events with some of the best contemporary writers in the North of England, as well as offering our readers the exciting selection of featured books, and the opportunity to enjoy the work of our home-grown talent.

– Helen Towers, Reader Development & Stock Manager for Cumbria Library Service

A reading guide for each title and blog by each author will be available for readers on the New Writing North blog.