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  • Journeys on Trains - Time to Read
    other bench was occupied by 3 people There clearly was room for her if he just shifted a bit Regretfully as he continued to mutter complain she got up and moved I wish she hadn t but I understood why she did This put me in a reflective mood about the close proximity to unpredictable people we are forced into on trains and also about how angry and close to an edge many people seem to be What books are out there that reflect these issues There are many thrillers and crime books set on trains the randomness of passengers often being a cover for a planned assault Without mentioning the obvious one by Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express there is also Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith Cuckold Guy gets talking to loopy Bruno and is offered a deal I ll kill your wife if you murder my dad with no connection between us the police will never track us down Or Stamboul Train by Graham Greene On a train from Ostend to Istanbul assorted characters an exiled politician a beautiful woman a journalist a fleeing criminal are thrown together with amorous and violent consequences There are plot complications in Vienna and desperate dangers at a stop in Serbia where the protagonist the businessman Myatt finds himself plunged into murderous political rivalries I remember that one of the best books I have ever read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry features a classic long crowded journey on an Indian train What else is there I m sure I have read lots of books that feature train journeys and would love to be reminded of them 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 This Reading Business A promotion of books reading and library services which support the world of work 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

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  • Why we love Novellas - Time to Read
    that readers were interested in the collections and borrowed enthusiastically Tameside Libraries is one of these where titles in a collection of 48 novellas have issued 359 times in just over 12 months There are lots of novellas in library collections because of course there is some truly great writing in novella form Look at our list of 100 titles and I m sure you ll be surprised by some of the names there For example Henry James and Hermann Melville who would think that they didn t only write long some might say over wordy literary novels Solzenhitsyn and Tolstoy are there as well both known for some of the longest works in literature Just as readers sometimes need a bit of a breathing space between the long periods of concentration needed to sustain interest in much of today s output of long books perhaps some of the world s great writers also occasionally wanted to test their ability to write in a shorter more concentrated form Personal favourites of mine from this list include Paul Auster s atmospheric New York trilogy Alan Bennett s The Uncommon Reader which made me laugh out loud and Kate Chopin s The Awakening which brings to life the intensity of a Louisiana summer There are many I have yet to read as well Our list consists mainly of older titles There are of course fabulous new titles published each year One that has just been recommended to me by another librarian and which I hadn t heard of before is Fup A Modern Fable by Jim Dodge described thus by a reader Amazon review Fup is a colossal 89 pages of style pace rhythm wit comedy cruel tragedy and resolution The embodiment of quality over quantity Just what a novella should be by the sound of it Sandstone Press s commitment to publish the winner of this Award ensures that the worthy winner has a chance to reach readers and library shelves Last year s winner is pictured above The Novella Award is awakening interest in the form amongst creative writers My hope is that by partnering with the Award public libraries in this region at least are helping to grow the audience for reading them as well 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

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  • Collections - Time to Read
    of titles and formats to inspire your reading choices View this collection 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 View this collection 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 This Reading Business A promotion of books reading and library services which support the world of work 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 Into the Trees By Robert Williams 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

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  • This Reading Business - Time to Read
    even a couple of days passing by without some time spent reading I will sometimes go on a walk just to ponder what s currently going on in the company and the things we could improve Sometimes it s my reflectiveness that I find helps us to untangle some of the most complex challenges we find ourselves confronted with I love to read books and think about what we could try to apply at Buffer On top of this at Buffer we give all new team members and family members a Kindle and have an unlimited Kindle books program no limits and no questions asked Joel is a successful entrepreneur who loves reading for its own sake His list of 50 recommendations includes Business linked titles self help and fitness titles as well as classics One of the things it clearly demonstrates is that significant reading has stayed in his memory and has had a major impact on his business and personal skills To bring a reader development twist to work already taking place the next Time To Read promotion will have the focus of books linked to work and business We will promote inspirational business books books about inspirational people books to help people find work and in the broadest sense fiction and non fiction featuring work We can have some fun with this I am already trying to create an A Z list of fiction that features sometimes obscure jobs Some letters are very difficult and we need help Can you think of a novel that features a job beginning with K for example e g Keyhole surgeon K il tmaker Karate Instructor A list of now defunct jobs that appear in classic and older fiction is entertaining as well and I m having fun listing novels that describe jobs from the past Some are easy bootblacking mill working coal mining Others are challenging Anyone know a novel that features a chandler candlemaker for example As well as promoting these sort of books under a generic heading both in libraries and digitally I also hope that we will hold some inspirational events with local and nationally known business people So if you are a successful business person who would like to talk to others in libraries about your experience AND you believe in the value of reading we would love to hear from you To comment on any of the above or share ideas for books please email j mathieson manchester gov uk 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

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  • Blog posts in Opinion - Time to Read
    social and political issues that she was hearing discussed However both are discussing important issues that influenced the central characters status in society The Brandt family in Amsterdam are rich and concerned with trade the Kelly family in The Heart are poor and struggling to survive but in both novels the economy features strongly As does the question of race In both the question of race and inequality is stark McCullers engages directly with political discussion of the place of black people in society through the character of Doctor Copeland In The Miniaturist the shocking treatment of black people despite Amsterdam s trading links with far flung countries emerges more slowly but is strongly stated nevertheless As is gender A sexual relationship between The Hunter s Mr Stringer and his friend Spiros Antonapoulos is hinted strongly but is not overt A homosexual encounter in The Miniaturistis a key turning point while Johannes Brandt s relationship with his wife is explained by his sexuality Both novels contain shadowy observers the eponymous Miniaturist and the deaf mute Joe Stringer who watches but does not comment There are probably more that could be teased out It was entirely accidental that I happened to read these two books simultaneously and in many ways they are completely different in tone and form But the connections seem strong the more I think about them and they will now forever be linked in my memory Read for pleasure Posted Tuesday 2 December 2014 by Jane Mathieson in Opinion There seems to have been a lot of book news over the last few days No excuse for not knowing what you want to read now or what to ask for for Xmas Personally I have already bought my own Xmas present Vol 3 of the fabulous fiction memoir by Karl Ove Knausgaard called Boyhood Island My Struggle 3 which I was delighted to find is out now in paperback Can t wait to read this one though I will have to fight my son off to get to it first photo courtesy of Murdo Macleod for The Guardian He also wants to read the much plauded H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Another memoir and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non Fiction 2014 He ll get that in a parcel along with several others All those hours with picture books does pay off eventually I m just about to start T he Miniaturist by Jessie Burton which has just been announced as Waterstone s Book of the Year 2014 It s a debut novel and sounds just my sort of read set in Amsterdam and inspired by a miniature house in the Rijksmuseum which I saw myself just a year ago Even better the library had this available just when I wanted to borrow it Jessie also won the Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year award at least week s Specsavers National Book Awards photo courtesy of Picador Other winners can be

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  • Blog posts in Opinion - Time to Read
    will never track us down Or Stamboul Train by Graham Greene On a train from Ostend to Istanbul assorted characters an exiled politician a beautiful woman a journalist a fleeing criminal are thrown together with amorous and violent consequences There are plot complications in Vienna and desperate dangers at a stop in Serbia where the protagonist the businessman Myatt finds himself plunged into murderous political rivalries I remember that one of the best books I have ever read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry features a classic long crowded journey on an Indian train What else is there I m sure I have read lots of books that feature train journeys and would love to be reminded of them Why we love Novellas Posted Thursday 21 May 2015 by Jane Mathieson in Opinion My personal experience in trying to talk to librarians about novellas is that they often don t really know what they are or certainly haven t given them much thought as a distinct genre They don t seem to think about them as different in any way from any of the rest of the fiction they stock In well stocked libraries they will usually be found on the shelves in their ordered place in the alphabet with other works by their authors But in many respects they do deserve to be picked out and given a space of their own in order to help some library users These are just a few reasons I can think of there are probably more Many people say they don t read for pleasure because of lack of time so novellas are perfect suggestions for busy people more meaty than a short story but without length being an off putting factor Many people who aren t confident readers can feel over faced by full length novels so novellas offer a good read that looks manageable They can perhaps be a gentle introduction to the work of some excellent writers giving readers a sense of achievement Young people can be helped to make a gradual move from fiction aimed at their age group to the work of classic adult authors by reading their shorter works first They can be good to suggest to people who enjoy reading but have lost their ability to concentrate on something longer usually through illness or depression Along with short stories they are brilliant to read aloud in Read to Relax type book groups These aim to bring people together to enjoy books in a social environment Sometimes group leaders read to the group sometimes participants take it in turns to read aloud themselves Conversation is stimulated by the readings Confidence grows and with luck some group members rediscover or experience for the first time the enjoyment of being engrossed in a story Directing people to the Novella Award gives us one more reason to pick out the novellas from our stocks and display them prominently Some library services did this last year and report that readers were interested in the collections and borrowed enthusiastically Tameside Libraries is one of these where titles in a collection of 48 novellas have issued 359 times in just over 12 months There are lots of novellas in library collections because of course there is some truly great writing in novella form Look at our list of 100 titles and I m sure you ll be surprised by some of the names there For example Henry James and Hermann Melville who would think that they didn t only write long some might say over wordy literary novels Solzenhitsyn and Tolstoy are there as well both known for some of the longest works in literature Just as readers sometimes need a bit of a breathing space between the long periods of concentration needed to sustain interest in much of today s output of long books perhaps some of the world s great writers also occasionally wanted to test their ability to write in a shorter more concentrated form Personal favourites of mine from this list include Paul Auster s atmospheric New York trilogy Alan Bennett s The Uncommon Reader which made me laugh out loud and Kate Chopin s The Awakening which brings to life the intensity of a Louisiana summer There are many I have yet to read as well Our list consists mainly of older titles There are of course fabulous new titles published each year One that has just been recommended to me by another librarian and which I hadn t heard of before is Fup A Modern Fable by Jim Dodge described thus by a reader Amazon review Fup is a colossal 89 pages of style pace rhythm wit comedy cruel tragedy and resolution The embodiment of quality over quantity Just what a novella should be by the sound of it Sandstone Press s commitment to publish the winner of this Award ensures that the worthy winner has a chance to reach readers and library shelves Last year s winner is pictured above The Novella Award is awakening interest in the form amongst creative writers My hope is that by partnering with the Award public libraries in this region at least are helping to grow the audience for reading them as well This Reading Business Posted Thursday 26 March 2015 by Jane Mathieson in Opinion This Reading Business I always find it remarkable that as soon as I start thinking about a new theme for a reading promotion I suddenly start noticing books broadcasts articles etc that fit It s probably just that I wouldn t have taken notice before but I prefer to think its something called Zeitgeist or spirit of the times Public Libraries are having to justify their existence as never before Staff are stretching themselves thin to deliver all sorts of services and demonstrate the impact they have for both individuals and communities One of the many impacts libraries need to demonstrate is that they can make a significant contribution both to local economies

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  • Interview: Vanessa Cuthbert - Time to Read
    My Opera Bird Sings which experiments with traditional printmaking techniques such as litho printing and screen printing and combines them with digital technologies Since graduating from the Royal College of Art with Distinction I have had a career as a senior lecturer in art for many years and have now left this to concentrate full time on my own practice I exhibit work in galleries and festivals worldwide including Slovenia Germany Belgium France Italy Portugal India Mexico Costa Rica USA China and Japan as well as the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London TTR Have you got a go to book that you recommend to friends VC My favourite book is The Waves by Virginia Woolf It was hugely experimental at the time and opened the door for many writers to take creative risks in their work I can identify with the need to push boundaries and venture into new creative territory It s so poetic and visual It s possible to trace some of the character influences to her circle of friends from the Bloomsbury group Woolf referred to it as a play poem as opposed to a novel The first edition cover was designed by her sister the artist Vanessa Bell Such a clever book TTR What are you plans for 2016 VC 2016 has begun very well for me with a number of interesting and slightly unusual projects on the go already For example next week I ll be painting a Herdwick Sheep for a Boutique hotel in the Lakes as part of a charity project Go Herdwick And I ve just delivered ten pieces of work to Millyard Gallery in Upper Mill I also have a large scale print from one of my Skater series being used in a boutique hotel development in central London project managed by a Parisian interior design agency For this year my main plans are two fold developing my print making practice and painting and increasing the work I show in galleries across the UK and internationally while also extending my commercial work where appropriate I ll be building on the very successful Open Studio events I held last year with additional dates and projects throughout 2016 and I ll be developing new projects with Mary Taylor co founder of our commercial brand Red Shed Press We ve just finished a storyboard for a design company and are now producing some new limited edition prints which we ll be launching soon through Red Shed Press Facebook page For more information about this please like our page where we have many contemporary prints available and where we ll have a number of updates on a couple of exciting forthcoming projects 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

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  • Artist Opportunity : Time To Read Brief - Time to Read
    from books Books take you to places in your imagination faraway places the future back in time Finding everything the library has to offer with books as the starting point Include a reference to the NW region Use Time to Read as a strapline itself Selection Process All proposals will be considered carefully by a selection panel made up of staff working in different library authorities chaired by the coordinator of Time To Read Clancy Mason Our priorities for selection are Proposals which demonstrate that the artist understands the role of public libraries and is inspired by books and reading That demonstrate that the artist can produce high quality imaginative and possibly humorous work That address practical issues such as the design specifications timescales and budget Budget and Payment Schedule A budget of up to 500 has been allocated for this project but a lower cost will be very welcome This is to include all research time and three versions of the theme each for web and the printable Payment will be made in full on satisfactory completion and delivery of artwork Payment is via Blackpool Council and can take up to 30 days from presentation of invoice Timescales Deadline for applications Wednesday 6 January 2016 Successful applicant notified and work begins Thursday 14 January 2016 Work completed and delivered Wednesday 27 January 2016 How to Apply Please include the following when sending your proposal Outline of your ideas including drawings and potential text to be included Links to websites containing examples of previous work CV You must have a bank account and be registered as self employed and be able to provide a UTR Unique Tax Reference The selected artist will be credited across a range of digital platforms and will become the property of Time To Read For any queries and to apply please email your proposal by no later than Wednesday 6 January 2016 clancy masonttr blackpool gov uk Tel 07505 115729 Please note I work on Tuesday and Wednesdays 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 WW1 Booklists This Collection will include a

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