A second wind for The Living Library

About a year ago, I thought I had given my final live reading from The Living Library. What a journey it had been: 2 years of working on a personal project, in between writing, researching and training full time was an ordeal. What started as a simple ‘might be nice to do this’ activity after … Continue reading A second wind for The Living Library

“Can you say something inspiring?” said the lovely lady from the library.

"Can you say something inspiring?" said the lovely lady from the library. "Er...inspiring? Er..." "Yes! You know, about your volunteering experience, and your library project and how it's helped your career?" "Er...I'll do my best." And here it is, an edited version of my 20 minute keynote speech at an event celebrating the achievements of young … Continue reading “Can you say something inspiring?” said the lovely lady from the library.

Book review: The Library Book (published by Profile Books in support of The Reading Agency)

Confession: when I read the press release about The Library Book last year, I approached Profile Books on a whim, hoping they would be interested in including extracts of my Living Library research as an ‘epilogue.’ I knew I was living in la-la-land just clicking the SEND button, but to quote my brilliant mum ‘if … Continue reading Book review: The Library Book (published by Profile Books in support of The Reading Agency)

3 Unwritten Rules I Think You Should Know About Using Your Library (It Wasn’t Like This In My Day)

At Hudderfield Library last Saturday, we celebrated World Book Night two days early and during the day. Here's an edited version of my reading, taken from The Living Library: If you think back to when you went to the library as children, you’d be forgiven for thinking that libraries have changed beyond recognition. The buildings … Continue reading 3 Unwritten Rules I Think You Should Know About Using Your Library (It Wasn’t Like This In My Day)

World Book Night reading

In less than 3 weeks, I'll be reading from The Living Library, a work in progress. The fabulous bods at Huddersfield Library are busy promoting the event with this lovely poster.   And guess who's going to be there......Michael Stewart, author of the award-winning King Crow, also reading from his book. I'll be giving away … Continue reading World Book Night reading

The Living Library gets its first airing

Yesterday, I learned three secret ingredients to a good book reading: 1. Free tea and coffee 2. Free biscuits 3. A warm room You simply cannot go wrong if your audience is fed, watered and warm. It makes them a captive audience, and there is nothing sweeter for a writer than reading to a captive … Continue reading The Living Library gets its first airing

What a year, eh?

Warp speed is an understatement. The prologue and first chapter of my library residency book, entitled THE LIVING LIBRARY (yeah, I am pleased with the title, thanks for asking) are ready! And you can read the prologue here. I’ll also be giving a reading from more bits of the manuscript on National Libraries Day in … Continue reading What a year, eh?