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Stand-up comedian and author to visit Yate Library

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Published: 01/11/2016


Joe Wells, stand-up comedian and author of ‘Touch and Go Joe’, will be speaking at a free event for young people at Yate Library on Friday 4 November, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, where he will talk about his book which deals with his personal experiences as a young person suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

The event has been organised by members of the Yate Library Teen Focus Group as part of #LoveToRead, a national BBC campaign to encourage everyone, everywhere, to read something new. The young readers have handled all of the preparations for the evening, from producing promotional posters to preparing interview questions for the night.

One of the organisers, Ellie, aged 17, said: “This has been an exciting opportunity for us all and we’re all looking forward to hearing about Joe’s experiences. Young people will benefit from this event as they’ll be able to learn more about both mental health and the process of writing a book. We can’t wait!”

Martin Burton, Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire Council, said: “The young people’s group at Yate Library are great role models in their love of reading and their ambition to share this message with others. Getting involved in the national BBC campaign #LoveToRead is a fantastic idea as it actively involves young people in reading and changing their community for the better.”

As many as two in every 100 people suffer from OCD. In ‘Touch and Go Joe’, Joe Wells tells the story of his battle with OCD from its beginnings at age nine and increasingly intrusive symptoms, to diagnosis at age 12. Having kept his condition a secret for many years, he now talks and writes openly about it and at the event will discuss how he battled to overcome it.

The event is free to attend for anyone aged 11 or over. No booking is required – just come along on the night. For more information contact: Yate.Library@southglos.gov.uk, 01454 868006.


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