Book yourself some fun - Lancashire Reads

PUBLISHED: 12:03 06 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:22 20 February 2013

Bookworms at the Chipping Book Festival staged by St Mary's RC Primary

Bookworms at the Chipping Book Festival staged by St Mary's RC Primary

Lancashire Life has teamed up with the county's library service to launch Lancashire Reads Photographs by John Cocks

LANCASTRIANS have a lovely way with words. Whether it's a stand-up comedian or an accomplished author, Red Rose writers are rarely without wit, warmth and passion.

Now, it's your chance to join them. Lancashire Reads is a campaign with two aims - to get people reading and to get them writing. In last October's Lancashire Life we feature author Joseph Delaney. His books are hailed as 'the next Harry Potter' and the author, from Stalmine on the Fylde, has signed a film deal for his first, The Spook's Apprentice.

If you're trying to engage the county in reading the same book, what better choice than a name which could soon be on the lips of people up and down the country?
'Reading is a skill that many of us take for granted but the truth is that a staggering 5.2 million adults are estimated to have only very basic reading skills,' says Gill Entwistle, area manager for North Lancashire Libraries.

'So, we want to use the remaining months of 2008, National Year of Reading, to remind people just how wonderful reading is and, as well as encouraging individuals and families to read and talk about The Spook's Apprentice, there will be ample opportunity to do lots more.

'Each month we're focusing on different themes. This month we explore what makes our sense of place; in October we look at the more spooky aspects of our county and in November we end in a celebration of all things Lancashire.

'We've chosen The Spook's Apprentice to do this because Joseph lives locally and his book is firmly rooted in the rich history, folklore and culture of our county.

'It appeals to both young people and adults and it is written in the easy, readable style of a natural storyteller. Rather like an onion, it has 'layers' and, running below the surface of the adventure the book explores some deep, universal themes.

'We are planning a host of events and activities, including author visits, cookery demonstrations, writing and craft workshops and spooky story times for adults and children, from September to November.

'There are 76 libraries in Lancashire and there are events planned in virtually all of them. We are also working with other partners, like the Museum Service and Lancashire
Record Office and there are events planned in some of these too.'

Lancashire's libraries have ample stocks of The Spook's Apprentice so you've no excuse! For more information check your local library for details or see

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