Read Regional returns digitally for 2021
04 May 2021
Read Regional, the annual reading campaign for the North of England, returns this spring for a series of digital events hosted by libraries across the region and Northumberland Libraries are taking part.
Read Regional is a celebration of brilliant new books from the North of England, which was founded by New Writing North in 2008. The campaign is funded by Arts Council England and is produced in partnership with 23 library authorities across the region. In previous years it has profiled writers including AA Dhand, Andrew Michael Hurley and Jenn Ashworth.
The current programme began in 2020, but many events had to be put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions including visits to Northumberland Libraries by CJ Cooke and Horatio Clare
Instead, the ten selected authors will be meeting audiences online from April until June. At the easy-to-access digital events, the authors will introduce their work and share stories about the writing process, as well as answering questions from audience members.
Northumberland Libraries will be hosting two events on zoom CJ Cooke on Thursday 13th May and Horatio Clare on Wednesday 19th May both at 7pm. CJ Cooke will be talking about her psychological thrillers The Blame Game and The Nesting with Jackie Kaines Lang and Horatio Clare will discuss his travel book Icebreaker and his recently published Heavy Light, A Journey through Madness Mania and Healing with Sheilagh Matheson. Book on eventbrite at https://bit.ly/3njIOWD
Read Regional’s ten must-read titles by writers based in the North include Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton, which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019; Supper Club, the debut novel by Lara Williams, which won the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2019; and Icebreaker, Somerset Maugham-winning writer Horatio Clare’s travelogue aboard an icebreaker in Finland’s waters