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Young City Reads 2017 Fantastic Fizzlbert Finale!

Thank you to everyone who took part in Young City Reads 2017, it’s been another fantastic year with more children across the city joining in with the ‘big read’ than ever before!
 
There’s been an awful lot of love for this year’s book Fizzlebert Stump, The Boy Who Ran Away From The Circus And Joined The Library and what better way to celebrate than inviting everyone who took part in the BIG READ to meet the author and illustrator extraordinaire’s A F Harrold and Sarah Horne in a spectacular interactive show at The Brighton Dome?!!!! 
 
A whopping 1,950 children were signed up to read the book together, by 74 teachers from across 42 different schools, with many joining us at the Brighton Festival event, so you can just imagine the fizzing atmosphere in the auditorium! Here’s a few photo’s to illustrate!
 

What an amazing afternoon, tons of fun, packed full of silliness and lots of laughs! A huge well done to all the children involved in the project and massive thank you to teachers, assistants and all who were involved in making the project a huge success. 

 
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City Reads 2016 concludes with Paul McVeigh in conversation

 

After two months since its launch – and a whole host of events, from talks and screenings to quizzes and essential whiskey-tasting – Sunday afternoon saw City Reads 2016 come to an end with one final stop on our journey with The Good Son: author Paul McVeigh in conversation with fellow Brightonian, writer Laura Lockington at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre. Throughout the discussion and post-conversation Q & A, Laura and audience members questioned Paul on his inspiration for the book, the extent to which it might be considered autobiographical, and especially what it was really like growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland as a young boy.

READ THE ARGUS’ FIVE STAR REVIEW OF THE EVENT HERE

Following on from a couple of lively and humorous readings from the book by Paul –and amid a lot of laughter – Laura and the audience managed to tease from the author just how much of himself he saw in Mickey; how many of Mickey’s experiences in the book are based on his own; and one (potential spoiler!) savvy audience member even got Paul to explain what was meant by that ending! Like City Reads itself the hour-long event was over too soon, but fortunately Paul stuck around for an informal chat afterwards with attendees who wanted to hear a bit more – and get their book signed whilst they had the chance! For those of us who still haven’t
finished The Good Son we have that, at least, to look forward to. For everyone else – we hope you’ll be around to join us for City Reads 2017; the wait until next year starts now…

John Attridge, City Reads Volunteer

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Shared Reading Taster Sessions 2016


We were delighted to be awarded some funding by West Sussex County Council recently to deliver some Shared Reading Taster sessions at libraries across West Sussex. The idea is for West Sussex Library Service to then follow up on these sessions to launch several shared reading groups at Libraries in the region.

It’s been such an inspiring experience so far. We have delivered workshops in Crawley and Horsham meeting readers of all ages. The groups are a fantastic social opportunity to meet new faces and to read books you may never have chosen yourself. It keeps your imagination running wild and your mind fresh with discussion!

If you’d like to find out more about these new shared reading groups in West Sussex (which will be launching in Sept/Oct 2016) contact Principal Librarian: Jackie Manners –

jackie.manners@westsussex.gov.uk | 0330 222 4767

 

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