South West Reading Passport

south west reading passportBetween 29th July and 30th September 2013 all libraries in the South West of England will be inviting people to take a reading journey around the region with the help of a free ‘passport’ available from your local library.

There’s also the chance to win a Kobo e-reader as well as signed books by writing us a review of a book you’ve read as part of the promotion! Readers are invited to fill in a tear-out sheet from their reading passport to review/reflect on what they have read. This review, one entry per person, will then be entered into a prize draw. Entrants must be library members, so if you live in the Swindon area and haven’t already joined the library, pop along to your nearest library and join up – it’s free and only takes a few minutes!

The featured authors may be living or dead and could either be from the region, have written about the region or have set their books in the South West.

Each of the 15 Library authorities in the South West has suggested several authors and these suggestions make up the bulk of the passport.

Longer lists will feature on a website, the address to which will follow soon.

This promotion is for adults, and young people aged 12 and up – those who are too old for the Summer Reading Challenge, which the SW Reading Passport promotion runs alongside. It is ideal for the parents of those taking part in the Creepy House who would like to take a reading challenge along with their children over the summer holidays.

Just some of the great authors who will feature are:
Richard Jefferies
(John) Richard Jefferies (6 November 1848 – 14 August 1887) is best known for his writings about nature and the countryside. His birthplace and home at Coate, now on the out-skirts of Swindon, provide the background to all his major works of fiction and for many of his essays.

Mark Haddon
Mark Haddon won the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year Award for ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ which is set in Swindon and told from the point of view of a young man with Asperger’s syndrome.

Jasper Fforde
Ffordes first book, ‘the Eyre Affair’, was published in 2001 and features the character Thursday Next who lives in a surreal version of Swindon. Swindon also hosts the annual Fforde Fiesta for fans of the books.

Alfred Williams
Alfred Owen Williams (February 7, 1877 – April 10 1930), known as the ‘Hammerman Poet’, was born and lived most of his life in South Marston, Swindon. He wrote, amongst many works, his most famous book ‘Life in a Railway Factory’ whilst working at the Great Western Railway works also in Swindon.

Hilda Sheehan
Hilda is an up and coming star in the world of poetry and one to watch. Her recent collection of poems ‘The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood’ was launched to critical acclaim at the twentieth Swindon Festival of Literature.

Neil Griffiths
Neil lives in Swindon and was a primary school head-teacher before turning his hand to writing a range of popular children’s books. He is also the creator of the award winning Storysack phenomena.

For books by these authors and of course many more visit our online catalogue.