Authors visit for campaign

Author Ian Clayton will visit Blyth Library.
Author Ian Clayton will visit Blyth Library.

Book-lovers are being invited to meet authors as part of a campaign.

Read Regional is an annual campaign by New Writing North, which celebrates the literary talents of the north and brings readers and writers together for workshops, discussions, and readings.

Author Ian Clayton will visit Blyth Library, on Thursday, April 21, from 7pm; crime writer Helen Cadbury will be at Ashington Library on May 6, also from 7pm; and Rachel McIntyre, a writer of young adult fiction, will work with a Northumberland school.

Tickets for Ian Clayton and Helen Cadbury’s events are £2.50. Contact Blyth Library on (01670) 620149 or Ashington Library on (01670) 622262 to book your place.

The project was launched on National Libraries Day when Read Regional announced the 10 titles and authors that had been selected to front the campaign.

This year’s list includes a selection of new books including fiction, crime, romantic fiction, as well as a young adult’s title; memoir; short stories; and poetry.

Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for book lovers to meet and greet some of the most popular authors in the north of England.”

“We’re proud to be in partnership with the Read Regional campaign and to offer local people a rare insight into the life of a published author.”

Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New Writing North, said: “Read Regional encourages readers across the North to celebrate our home-grown talent through reading books and attending events by northern authors.

“We know that being selected for the campaign can make a real difference to authors, and that readers very much enjoy the opportunity to meet authors in their local libraries.

“We’re delighted to take Read Regional on the road again, visiting 22 local authorities with more than 80 events.”