Time to Read!

Smashing news this week with the announcement that my short-story collection, Letters Home, has been selected for a reading promotion across the libraries of north-west England.

The New Words project, supported by Arts Council England, will see new books from five independent publishers displayed by the 22 public library authorities serving Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

The project, organised by the Time to Read North-West Reader Development Partnership and supported by Manchester City Council, is a collaboration which aims to encourage reading and independent publishing throughout the region.

Time to Read has partnered with Comma Press (Manchester), Carcanet (Manchester), Dead Ink (Liverpool), Saraband (Salford) and Knives, Forks and Spoons (Newton Le Willows). The five publishers supplied a longlist of books featuring fiction, non-fiction and poetry, from which librarians selected ten books which have been bought for every participating library authority.

I’m delighted to hear that Letters Home, published by Comma Press in 2017, is one of the selected titles…and a second Comma book chosen for the scheme – the anthology Protest: Stories of Resistance – includes my story “Withen”, about the Battle of Orgreave. I’m looking forward to taking part in one or more of the 22 events, readings and workshops being held across the north-west between March and September to promote the scheme.

To find out more about New Words and to see a full list of the selected books, please follow this link to the project’s website.

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