Storytelling events hosted at local schools with Drake Circus to inspire children to read

More than 200 school children across three schools in Plymouth have taken part in storytelling sessions organised by Drake Circus aimed at helping them fall in love with reading.

The events involved children hearing stories from a professional storyteller, John Hughes, and were part of the Young Readers Programme, an award-winning initiative sponsored by Drake Circus’ owner British...

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will appear in October

Back for 2021 - a new chapter for ExeLitFest

Momentum is building for a three-day literary event in Exeter later this year after a hiatus because of the pandemic. Last year’s Exeter Literary Festival sadly had to be shelved, but now ExeLitFest (as it’s known for short) is delighted to unveil this year’s programme and open the Box Office.

If you love reading or writing, it’s time to bookmark these dates in your diary - 5th to 7th...

The animal says...

Debra draws on her experience during lockdown to create new children's book.

Written and illustrated by Debra Wellington of Exmouth, The animal says… certainly would not have happened had it not been for lockdown. This gave Debra a chance to focus on her own art and ideas, something she’d not been able to do for years.

The animal says... brings ten animals to life with fun facts and colourful engaging illustrations for babies and young readers. Debra says: "...

Drake Circus launches summer holiday reading campaign to support children's wellbeing

Drake Circus has partnered with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new summer holiday reading campaign, as new research reveals that almost half of children (46%) in the South West claim that reading makes them feel better.

The ‘Read More, Feel Better’ campaign is designed to help children across the community to continue reading for fun over the summer holidays, with a selection...

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge

Libraries across Devon and Torbay are calling for children to sign up to the Silly Squad Summer Challenge and read six books this summer as part of the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge will run from Saturday 4th July to Saturday 5th September. The online launch event will be on Saturday 4th July, a specially commissioned event featuring Rob Pudner of...

Dr Lucy Durneen Book Launch and Short Story Reading - Wild Gestures

Lucy Durneen's work has appeared in World Literature Today, Hotel Amerika, and Litro and performed on BBC Radio 4. Wild Gestures is her first short story collection, bringing together stories of loss, desire and opportunities missed, all orbiting the painful knowledge that the things we most long for remain the furthest from reach.

£6/£4.20/Friends free. Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPiA

Jamie Edgecombe and Rachel Gippetti - Fiction and Poetry Reading

Plymouth-born Jamie Edgecome, a fiction author mainly focusing on the Far East (predominately Japan), was the recipient of the inaugural Manchester Metropolitan University Novella Award in 2014 for The Art of Kozu. Spanning epic porpotions as it moves between countries, continents and time periods, The Art of Kozu is a meticulously detailed and well-researched story.

Rachel Gippetti recently published her debut poetry collection Birthright (Eyewear Publishing) and her work has previously appeared in Shearsman Magazine, The Stinging Fly, Thief and the Apple Valley Review.


Meredith Miller: Book Launch and Reading - Little Wrecks (a Novel)

Meredith Miller is a literary critic and fiction writer who grew up on Long Island, New York and now lives in Plymouth. Her work focuses on gender, power and human cruelty and is often described as both 'lyrical' and 'raw'.

Her stories have appeared most recently in Stand, Short Fiction, Prole, AltHist and The View from Here. She has two novels forthcoming from HarperCollins US in 2017 and 2018. Author Mindy McGinnis has called her novel Little Wrecks, “darkly atmospheric and brutally honest”.

£6/£4.20/Friends free. Discounts available via the Artory App...

Matthew Welton, Poetry Reading

Matthew Welton’s practice includes collaborations with musicians, visual artists and other writers. A lecturer in creative writing at the University of Nottingham, Matthew’s interest in poetry is related to explorations of the sounds of words and the possibilities of repetition.

He is the author of Carcanet: The Book of Matthew (2003), We needed coffee but… (2009) and The Number Poems (2016) and has won the Eric Gregory Award, the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Prize, and received a recommendation by the Poetry Book Society.

£6/£4.20/Friends free. Discounts available via the Artory App...

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...