South West names Harry Potter as the best movie adaptation of a book in celebration of World Book Day

The Harry Potter franchise has been voted the best movie adaptation of a book ever, according to new research revealed to celebrate World Book Day (March 4th).

The study, by Showcase Cinemas, shows that a third (34%) of South West film fans voted the magical movies as the greatest film adaptations of all time.

Following close behind in second place is the fantasy trilogy...

ReadAlong with RNIB! Charity calls for children in the South West to help set Guinness World Records title

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is calling for families in the South West to take part in a giant virtual reading event next month.

The charity hopes that the event will break a world record to highlight the need for more positive representations of disability in children’s literature.

To take part, families will need to read the RNIB’s reimagining of a...

Drake Circus gifts hundreds of children’s books to local families in need

Drake Circus has gifted bundles of popular children’s books and engaging activity booklets to the Oasis Project to support families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

300 children’s books have been shared with local families, including Gargantis by Thomas Taylor and Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, along with free activity booklets filled with fun and educational...

Henry the Hedgegnome fans dress up to celebrate World Book Day

Henry the Hedgegnome fans dress up to celebrate World Book Day

Richard Heddington is a local author living in Plymstock and writes and illustrates the Henry the Hedgegnome books. With the celebration of World Book Day growing every year, there is ever more pressure on parents to dress their children as their favourite book character.

This year saw a new kid on the block in the...

People of Plymouth donate hundreds of books to poorly children

A massive thank you to the people of Plymouth that got involved in a citywide book collection, which resulted in 660 brand new books being delivered to our children’s wards.

Karlie Somerville, owner of EcoBlitz South-West, has previously collected books for level 12 and last year, managed to reach a total of 192 books, with just a few mums from Plympton St Maurice Primary School. This...

Plymouth International Book Festival 2015

The Plymouth International Book Festival is back once again, bringing words and books to life across Plymouth. Organised through a partnership of Plymouth University, Peninsula Arts, Literature Works (the literature development agency for the South West) and Plymouth City Council, it will unite local and global authors in a celebration of writing and reading for everyone to enjoy.

This 2015 programme includes exciting, new novels from bestselling authors Simon Scarrow and Judy Finnigan, stimulating non-fiction from Bidisha, spoken word from the always entertaining John Hegley, and...

Plymouth libraries celebrate Bookstart Week

Libraries in Plymouth will be celebrating National Bookstart Week with jungle themed parties for the under-fives.

UK charity Book Trust says ‘every little monkey deserves a story and a cuddle’ and is calling for Plymouth parents and carers to perfect their loudest ape call and take their cheeky chimps to a local library for some reading adventures between Saturday 6 and Saturday 13...

Schools urged to donate books to Africa

Schools in the South West are being invited to donate books to schools in rural parts of South Africa, as part of a competition to learn about farming in the country.

The 2015 Help a South African School competition asks children in years one through to 11 to learn about fruit farming and the difference it makes to the lives of families in South Africa, and to produce a collage of...

Books on Prescription for dementia sufferers

The latest Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme will be launched across Devon’s libraries on 2 February, to support people with dementia and their carers.

The scheme, which already helps over 275,000 people across the country with common mental health conditions feel better through self-help reading, is now turning its attention to the enormous need for quality-assured support for...

Authors give a flavour of what audiences can expect at third Plymouth International Book Festival

Joanna Trollope hopes to remind people that “books are where all the great ideas are” while Will Self has said he will “strip naked and strike a few attitudes” - if the audience demands it - as the third Plymouth International Book Festival gets underway this week.

A blend of global bestsellers and up and coming talent – also including former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, ex-BBC...