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  • ManBooker and/or Not the Booker - Time to Read
    part in Currently 70 titles are listed from a wide range of publishers including many independents NB I note at least a couple of the official Booker longlist appear so I guess they are now ineligible here If you want to become part of this process all you have to do is vote for two books from the longlist from two different publishers and accompany those votes with a review of at least one of your chosen books Get voting The deadline is 23 39 BST on 2 August so it s a tight process Its only realistic to write a review of one you have read but your 2nd vote could go to an author or publisher you respect Bluemoose managed to win this once was it 2013 And I note they have 2 books on the list this time round including Colette Snowden s title The Secret to Not Drowning which is on my to read pile Last year s winner was Cumbria based Simon Sylvester who also appears on our website so this prize has done a great deal for northern writing and publishing to date Later in the process a shortlist is produced which readers also get a chance to vote on It s a bit of fun and an honourable adjunct to the official prize bringing a whole raft of excellent books to our attention news Blogs Browse by category Competitions Prizes Events Funding Opportunities Latest Libraries News Opinion Training Browse by author Carol Maplesden Clancy Mason Emma Ferguson Helen Towers Ian Anstice Jane Mathieson Joanne Eaves Josh Bollard Joyce Crossman Lucy Ellam Mark Roberts Melanie Graaf Oliver Wright Punam Ramchurn Sarah Hall Salford Libraries Suzanne Hudson Victoria Heyes Recent posts The Novella Award 2016 Author visits what they mean to me and others Happy National Libraries Day Interview Ann Cleeves Interview Vanessa Cuthbert What is Time to Read Since 2002 Time to Read have been showcasing writers and books strongly linked to the North West for your enjoyment More about Time to Read Who are we Say hello to the 22 local authorities who provide great library services in your area More about Who we are Contact us If you have any questions or comments about our site please do get in touch we d love to hear from you Get in touch now Here Now Public Libraries in NW England support writers from the region by buying their books and inviting them in to events to meet readers Read more Browse our books Science Fiction Biography Non Fiction Crime Romantic Short stories Poetry more View the authors A Z See our latest additions We Recommend The Moon Field By Judith Allnatt Meet our writers The North West contains a wonderful pot of writing talent who love to engage with groups young and old to spread their love of writing See our directory Are you a writer If you re interested in being included in our directory of writers simply complete our profile form

    Original URL path: http://www.time-to-read.co.uk/news-blog/manbooker?page=1&pz=10&tag=0&m=0&y=0&a=0 (2016-02-15)
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  • Simon Sylvester - Time to Read
    winner of the Book Box prize and winner of the Guardian s Not The Booker prize My work has been performed by Liars League London and read on BBC6 Music by Cerys Matthews Workshop Reading Experience I ve performed at Words Per Minute Night In The Gutter the Cargo Crate launch all in Scotland Verbalise Dreamfired Spotlight and Bad Language England I also somehow won the 2nd Flashtag Short Short Story Slam I recently organised and hosted a successful night of themed poetry and prose at an 18th century mill I have also taught a night class in short stories for Kendal College Reference Sue Armstrong Senior Agent at Conville Walsh Sue convilleandwalsh com David Hartley part of the Flashtag Writers toadsturnpike live co uk Group size preference Any Group age preference Any Working languages English Area prepared to travel Cumbria NW and beyond Other information I m really happy to talk about film and filmmaking as well as writing reading blogging flash fiction shorter forms and novels longer forms What is Time to Read Since 2002 Time to Read have been showcasing writers and books strongly linked to the North West for your enjoyment More about Time to Read Who are we Say hello to the 22 local authorities who provide great library services in your area More about Who we are Contact us If you have any questions or comments about our site please do get in touch we d love to hear from you Get in touch now WW1 Booklists This Collection will include a mix of titles and formats to inspire your reading choices Read more Browse our books Science Fiction Biography Non Fiction Crime Romantic Short stories Poetry more View the authors A Z See our latest additions We Recommend 10 Reasons Not To Fall

    Original URL path: http://www.time-to-read.co.uk/writers/simonsylvester (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog posts in Competitions & Prizes - Time to Read
    different styles aspirations inspirations and thrive in different environments There is however one common love in writers forgive me if this is a little obvious but we love libraries And here are 5 reasons why 1 The Books Duh I challenge you to find me a writer who doesn t love books Journals e books hardbacks paperbacks poetry fiction non fiction writers love to read it helps us develop our style Libraries are our motherships because they re home to rows and rows of books From Chaucer to Shakespeare Rowling to Ginsberg libraries house millions of authors and stories for us to be inspired by The best part is you can take them home for FREE just make sure you return them on time 2 The Buildings There are some breath taking libraries in the world Abbey Library of St Gallen in Switzerland for example pictured I struggle to imagine a writer who doesn t appreciate great architecture it helps our world building skills to be able to witness such beauty If we could write a building as grand as Trinity College Library Dublin we d be so goddamn happy My personal favourite is Liverpool Central pictured below A lot closer to home than St Gallen and recently refurbished the building retains its grand neo classical façade on the outside step inside and it s something completely different Contemporary and up to date it s like stepping in from a historic drama into a sci fi and what writer doesn t like jumping into new genres 3 The Atmosphere Sometimes writers have hectic home lives creative people tend to Libraries provide a quiet place and a creative atmosphere for those who do not have them elsewhere They are great places to go and meet like minded people or spend some alone time with your head in a book Libraries often play host to reading and or writing groups these provide writers with the opportunity to meet new people and discuss common interests All of this helps feed our creative flame 4 The Resources Have you noticed how well equipped libraries are these days I ve always thought there s nothing as handy as a nearby library with computers and printers for public use Recently it s come to my attention just how many resources there are for writers in our libraries Library archives play a huge part in many writers research as do internet hubs and the full bookshelves but there are also other facilities that help writers to do their thing Cafes and games rooms give writers the opportunity to take time away from their projects and relax Libraries really do have it all 5 The Adventure There s a certain adventure that happens when we visit libraries We enter the incredible buildings admire the architecture say hello to our friendly librarians walk by the billions of books and search through in hope of finding a new author or book or world to fall in love with We settle

    Original URL path: http://www.time-to-read.co.uk/news-blogs/default.aspx?c=1659&page=2 (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog - Time to Read
    Cheshire West and Chester Council In his spare time he runs the Public Libraries News website and was recently made an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals for services to the library profession Happy National Libraries Day Posted Saturday 6 February 2016 by Clancy Mason We have an amazing range of activities across our North West libraries today in celebration of National Libraries Day Do pop into your local library say hi get involved show your support and get reading We adore The Guardians Readers love letters to libraries article highlighting the many ways libraries are valued across the UK Interview Ann Cleeves Posted Tuesday 2 February 2016 by Clancy Mason in Events Acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves is 2016 s ambassador for National Libraries Day Always a passionate supporter of libraries and reading Ann will be touring the North West discussing her latest new Vera title The Moth Catcher as well as Too Good to Be True which has been adapted for Quick Reads Ann kindly took the time to answer some questions ahead of her tour TTR Do you often use your local library Do you think libraries have an important role in our communities and why AC I m a member of my local library in North Tyneside and though I don t use it as often as I used to I love taking my grandchildren in school holidays I think our library use changes with time and I know when I m not quite so busy I ll be back looking for something different and exciting to read That s why we should maintain library membership Libraries are very much at the heart of our communities and if they were better funded they could do even more to bring people together Their importance was brought home to me when I was doing an event in Northern Ireland a reader said that during the troubles the library was the only safe non sectarian space in her town TTR How do you think Quick Reads helps to benefit disengaged readers AC When I was reader development officer for Kirklees Libraries I did some work with basic skills classes It seemed to me then that much of the teaching was rather functional and boring It was about filling out forms and applying for work The Quick Reads are much more about having a good time with a book You read on not because a teacher expects you to but to find out what will happen next The same applies to the time I spent as reader in residence in a number of prisons A strong story holds everyone s interest TTR When you created your two famous characters Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez did you imaging you would see them bought to life on TV AC Not for a moment And the TV adaptations only came about by chance when a books executive for ITV studios picked up one of my novels in a

    Original URL path: http://www.time-to-read.co.uk/news-blogs/default.aspx?c=0&page=1&pz=10&tag=0&m=0&y=0&a=0 (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog posts in Competitions & Prizes - Time to Read
    now intrigued Was my judgement wrong Or am I just not in tune with the sorts of books that make it through to this prize Dare I say it Could I be too old If you want to shadow and take part in this process you now have until 5th October to read the 6 titles listed above There will then be an opportunity to vote for your favourite If you want to keep up with this process follow the Guardian s Book pages ManBooker and or Not the Booker Posted Thursday 30 July 2015 by Jane Mathieson in Competitions Prizes The longlist for the most talked about literary prize in the UK has been announced and can be seen here There are 13 titles on the Man Booker long list I can report that I have read 2 heard 1 on Book at Bedtime Does that count as reading and on a first trawl there are another 2 that I d really like to read and will reserve now That leaves 8 which I remain to be enthused about I m particularly pleased to note that one of the titles Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg was one that I picked out to support from a batch of reading I had to do for potential nominees for the Radio 2 Bookclub I m not able to say whether or not it got through for Simon Mayo to read and discuss but I am pleased that my personal critical faculties seem to remain alert to some good writing when I see it Alongside the official Man Booker prize process the Guardian also runs a search for a Not the Booker Prize title Details of this can be seen here The prize is a Guardian Mug so its hardly invested with the razzamatazz of the official prize but it is a much more inclusive process for readers which I urge you all to take part in Currently 70 titles are listed from a wide range of publishers including many independents NB I note at least a couple of the official Booker longlist appear so I guess they are now ineligible here If you want to become part of this process all you have to do is vote for two books from the longlist from two different publishers and accompany those votes with a review of at least one of your chosen books Get voting The deadline is 23 39 BST on 2 August so it s a tight process Its only realistic to write a review of one you have read but your 2nd vote could go to an author or publisher you respect Bluemoose managed to win this once was it 2013 And I note they have 2 books on the list this time round including Colette Snowden s title The Secret to Not Drowning which is on my to read pile Last year s winner was Cumbria based Simon Sylvester who also appears on our website

    Original URL path: http://www.time-to-read.co.uk/news-blogs/default.aspx?c=1659 (2016-02-15)
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  • Birdsong - Time to Read
    By Josephine Dickinson Balancing on the Edge of the World By Elizabeth Baines There is an anger that moves By Kei Miller What is Time to Read Since 2002 Time to Read have been showcasing writers and books strongly linked to the North West for your enjoyment More about Time to Read Who are we Say hello to the 22 local authorities who provide great library services in your area More about Who we are Contact us If you have any questions or comments about our site please do get in touch we d love to hear from you Get in touch now WW1 Booklists This Collection will include a mix of titles and formats to inspire your reading choices Read more Browse our books Science Fiction Biography Non Fiction Crime Romantic Short stories Poetry more View the authors A Z See our latest additions We Recommend The Moon Field By Judith Allnatt Meet our writers The North West contains a wonderful pot of writing talent who love to engage with groups young and old to spread their love of writing See our directory Are you a writer If you re interested in being included in our directory of writers simply complete our profile form Add your profile Out and about From book readings through discussion groups to performance a good book gets the world talking See upcoming events throughout the region Our next events Knowsley Library Story Circle Tue 23 Feb 2016 Tue 22 Mar 2016 at 2pm 3 30pm at The Novella Award 2016 Fri 29 Apr 2016 5pm Competition deadline at Library News Events Opinion Funding Opportunities Training Prize Winners See all our latest posts Latest Posts The Novella Award 2016 Posted Wednesday 10 February 2016 by Clancy Mason in Competitions Prizes Author visits what they mean

    Original URL path: http://www.time-to-read.co.uk/read/birdsong (2016-02-15)
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  • Author visits – what they mean to me, and others - Time to Read
    it in print Sometimes meeting your idols can be disappointing of course I remember having lunch with a very well known author whose work is erudite intellectual and downright poetic and he could barely stop using the f word the whole time He may have been having an off day but it reminded me afterwards that sometimes the genius of writing can come out of individuals who are otherwise as blemished as you or me It almost made his work all the more miraculous in my eyes But my I almost forgot You can also ask questions of the author afterwards This chance to have a two way exchange of ideas with a writer can be quite something You know for certain that for a brief moment they know you exist and that fleetingly you are connected Now if that sounds like being a stalker Well yes There s much about being a fan of a certain writer that is similar to that the interest in where they get their ideas from why they write in a certain way to need to read more And of course you can see if your pet theory on their books is correct by checking with them and when your favourite author smiles at your question well that s worth a lot And unlike stalking you re unlikely to be arrested by the police for it I guess what I am saying here is that the author visit is a very different thing to anything online electric or even on paper It s an interactive experience where you can actually see the whole of the person and connect with them in a real sense impossible by the otherwise immersive but passive nature of reading And as such this is something that a bookshop or a library can provide that an electronic forum no matter how pervasive and no matter how cheap or fast their delivery times simply cannot give So long may the author visit provide and the bookshops and libraries that house them Ian Anstice has been a librarian since 1994 and is currently a Locality Librarian for Cheshire West and Chester Council In his spare time he runs the Public Libraries News website and was recently made an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals for services to the library profession news Blogs Browse by category Competitions Prizes Events Funding Opportunities Latest Libraries News Opinion Training Browse by author Show all Carol Maplesden Clancy Mason Emma Ferguson Helen Towers Ian Anstice Jane Mathieson Joanne Eaves Josh Bollard Joyce Crossman Lucy Ellam Mark Roberts Melanie Graaf Oliver Wright Punam Ramchurn Sarah Hall Salford Libraries Suzanne Hudson Victoria Heyes Recent posts The Novella Award 2016 Author visits what they mean to me and others Happy National Libraries Day Interview Ann Cleeves Interview Vanessa Cuthbert What is Time to Read Since 2002 Time to Read have been showcasing writers and books strongly linked to the North West for your enjoyment More

    Original URL path: http://www.time-to-read.co.uk/news-blogs/post.aspx?ID=2346&page=1&pz=10&tag=0&m=0&y=0&a=2347 (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog - Time to Read
    Chester Council In his spare time he runs the Public Libraries News website and was recently made an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals for services to the library profession Happy National Libraries Day Posted Saturday 6 February 2016 by Clancy Mason We have an amazing range of activities across our North West libraries today in celebration of National Libraries Day Do pop into your local library say hi get involved show your support and get reading We adore The Guardians Readers love letters to libraries article highlighting the many ways libraries are valued across the UK Interview Ann Cleeves Posted Tuesday 2 February 2016 by Clancy Mason in Events Acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves is 2016 s ambassador for National Libraries Day Always a passionate supporter of libraries and reading Ann will be touring the North West discussing her latest new Vera title The Moth Catcher as well as Too Good to Be True which has been adapted for Quick Reads Ann kindly took the time to answer some questions ahead of her tour TTR Do you often use your local library Do you think libraries have an important role in our communities and why AC I m a member of my local library in North Tyneside and though I don t use it as often as I used to I love taking my grandchildren in school holidays I think our library use changes with time and I know when I m not quite so busy I ll be back looking for something different and exciting to read That s why we should maintain library membership Libraries are very much at the heart of our communities and if they were better funded they could do even more to bring people together Their importance was brought home to me when I was doing an event in Northern Ireland a reader said that during the troubles the library was the only safe non sectarian space in her town TTR How do you think Quick Reads helps to benefit disengaged readers AC When I was reader development officer for Kirklees Libraries I did some work with basic skills classes It seemed to me then that much of the teaching was rather functional and boring It was about filling out forms and applying for work The Quick Reads are much more about having a good time with a book You read on not because a teacher expects you to but to find out what will happen next The same applies to the time I spent as reader in residence in a number of prisons A strong story holds everyone s interest TTR When you created your two famous characters Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez did you imaging you would see them bought to life on TV AC Not for a moment And the TV adaptations only came about by chance when a books executive for ITV studios picked up one of my novels in a charity shop She

    Original URL path: http://www.time-to-read.co.uk/news-blogs/author.aspx?a=0&page=1&pz=10&tag=0&m=0&y=0&c=0 (2016-02-15)
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