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Read your way around the South West

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Published: 24/07/2013

South Gloucestershire libraries are joining forces with libraries across the region this summer to present the South West Libraries Reading Passport. From today until 30 September readers are invited to collect a passport and take a literary journey through our beautiful region, exploring each area and its local authors through a series of great books. There is also a chance to win a Kobo e-reader and book tokens by submitting a review of your favourite book to be entered in to a prize draw.

All authors featured in the Reading Passport have either lived in or written about the location in which they are featured. In South Gloucestershire, the author list includes: Fergus McNeill, whose thriller ‘Eye Contact’ revolves around a body found near the Severn Bridge; J K Rowling, who was born in Yate and schooled in Winterbourne; poet, comedian, musician and songwriter John Hegley, who was educated in Mangotsfield; Nathan Filer, a writer and mental health nurse born and bred in Frampton Cotterell; and Joyce Storey, whose autobiography describes her experiences of life in the twentieth century when she worked in Warmley.

Cllr Claire Young, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee, said: “This is an excellent project to get adults and young people reading more. We are lucky to have a large number of excellent authors associated with the South Gloucestershire area, many inspired by our beautiful countryside. Pop into your library to pick up your passport and start your reading journey.”

Reading Passports are available from all libraries in the South West region. Each page of the booklet features a list of six authors from a different library authority to start readers on their journey. There will also be longer lists of suggested authors on display in libraries. There is no minimum or maximum number of books to read and people are free to select books from anywhere in the South West region.

The South West Reading Passport additionally features a tear out page to recommend and review your favourite book. Each review handed in before 30 September will be entered into a draw to win a LibrariesWest prize of a Kobo e-reader and book tokens.

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