Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge

Authored by Mary

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

Authored by Richard Heddington

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 in Plymouth shun Kindles in favour of paperbacks

Authored by Mary

It stands to reason in the digital age that people would prefer to read on a Kindle, smartphone or tablet when on holiday, saving space in their suitcase and taking advantage of cut-price deals on books.

But a survey undertaken by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has revealed that almost half (47 per cent) of Plymouth residents prefer to stick to the old-fashioned way,...

Reading 2 Argyle 0: Match report

Authored by News Desk

TO no-one’s great surprise, Argyle fell at the first hurdle in the EFL Cup for the fourth season in succession, succumbing to Championship opponents who, at the moment, they can only aspire to emulate.

A double Dutch dose of first-half goals from Joey van den Berg and his fellow Netherlander Roy Beerens, a full international, gave countryman Jaap Stam his first knockout victory since...

Devon’s biggest reading challenge starts this month

Authored by Mary

An exciting reading challenge, designed to improve literacy levels in primary school children across the country is coming to Devon in June.

The competition, called One Million Minutes, is run by award-winning education charity Achievement for All and challenges primary school classes in different regions across the UK to read for as many minutes as they can in just one week.


Devon teacher launches free app to aid reading

Authored by Mary

A primary school teacher from Devon has today launched an app 'Fonics' designed to help 3-6 year olds learn how to read more effectively. The app is free and is available to download now across all major app stores.

Sophie Cooper “Learning to read is the most important skill we teach children when they first start school, it is a skill they will use every day for the rest of their...


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