Get reading to help beat winter blues

County residents are being encouraged to get reading this winter as part of a national campaign.

With the dark autumn nights drawing in, Northumberland County Council is backing national charity The Reading Agency’s Mood Boosting Books scheme.

The scheme is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction.

Reading groups around the country are recommending and reviewing mood-boosting books to other readers.

Winter depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD) is thought to affect up to one in 15 British people every year between September and April.

Northumberland County Councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, said: “Reading great books can directly affect your sense of well-being and transform the way you see the world.

“The libraries hold a great many titles so there is plenty of choice for you to find a great book, cuddle up and get inspired, entertained and enjoy.”

The Reading Agency is an independent charity working to inspire more people to read.

For information on this campaign, visit