A new Time to Read project aimed at strengthening relationships between public libraries and independent publishers in the North West gets under way this month. The New Words project, supported with public funding from Arts Council England, made will see new books from five of the region’s independent publishing houses housed in North West libraries.
Time to Read has partnered with Comma Press, Carcanet, Dead Ink, Saraband and Knives, Forks and Spoons The five publishers supplied Time to Read with a longlist of books featuring fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Librarians from across the North West selected a list of ten books, now on their way to every library authority in the North West. They include a history of British protest, a study of Anne Bronte, poetry, short stories and fiction set in 1920s Ireland and the heatwave of 1976.
As part of the project, 22 author and publisher events will be held across the region between April and September 2020, including workshops on publishing, writing and poetry. Artist and designer Kim Hubball, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, has been commissioned to create striking new artwork to accompany the book collections plus posters, leaflets, bookmarks and tote bags.
The New Words books are:
Protest: Stories of Resistance edited by Ra Page
Letters Home by Martyn Bedford
Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy
Please Read This Leaflet Carefully by Karen Harvelin
Anne Bronte Reimagined by Adelle Hay
Incandescent by Anna Levin
Many Red Fish by Steve Spence
Riverrun by Alan Baker
Now We Can Talk Openly About Men by Martina Evans
Girl by Rebecca Goss
Becca Parkinson, Engagement Manager for Comma Press, said: “’It has been such a pleasure being involved in this project and getting to know the fantastic librarians championing literature around the North West. We’re really looking forward to collaborating on future events, and continuing to build on the relationships that Time to Read has fostered with the New Words scheme.”