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University Centre Shrewsbuyr reading group
02 Nov 2017
A free event is taking place at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) to discuss the Victorian classic novel, The History of Sir Richard Calmady by Lucas Malet. The book, written in 1901, was outsold only by Rudyard Kipling’s Kim and caused much controversy, prompting one commentator to remark that “certain passages of it are quite as bad and immoral as anything that Zola has written.” But who is...
22 Mar 2017
Shrewsbury Bookfest is proud to present its ‘May Festival’ programme for 2017. This event,  described as ‘a beacon of excellence amongst literary festivals’ by their patron, author Michael Morpurgo, is their annual children’s literary extravaganza, with authors, illustrators and artists coming to this beautiful town to share their creative secrets, showcase their work and meet their fans. Since...
21 Dec 2015
A charity in Shropshire which helps get children reading is looking to double the number of youngsters it supports during 2016. Beanstalk recruits and trains people to help children who are struggling with their reading in schools across Shropshire - and the charity is undertaking a major recruitment drive. As well as reading, volunteers play educational games and help children improve their...
06 Oct 2015
Local reading charity Beanstalk has issued an urgent call for volunteers to help 60 children in Shrewsbury before it’s too late.  With the school year just starting this is the perfect time to put Beanstalk volunteers into schools to help young children who struggle with their reading.   Please visit our website for more details or call 01952 567846 www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk  
Dennis the Menace
28 Mar 2015
According to research published by the Institute of Education in February 2014 (Research Briefing No. 106), children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers who do not. "Reading for fun improves not only literacy but maths attainment too...From a policy perspective, this strongly supports the need to support and encourage children's reading in their...
Neil Rathmell - Shropshire author
06 Mar 2015
Anyone with an interest and passion for literature and original writing, will appreciate the website of author Neil Rathmell, based just outside Shrewsbury. Neil’s website provides a mix of interesting plays, short stories - and a weekly blog too. One of the latest online offerings, is Peter - a short story offered in six daily instalments. The literary website is just one avenue of Neil’s varied...
Shropshire author Neil Rathmell - at Pengwern Books
28 Nov 2014
Pengwern Books is partnering with local Shrewsbury author Neil Rathmell this Festive season, to offer late-night Christmas shoppers a special Literary Diversion!   People are invited to come along to Pengwern Books on the evening of Wednesday December 10, between 7:00pm and 8:30pm.   The one-off evening will present a celebration of Neil’s latest novel, Vive Le Mole - a tale of love and intrigue...
Shropshire author celebrating bookshop news
05 Nov 2014
A Shrewsbury author is celebrating after receiving news last week, that his second novel is to be stocked at Bookshrop bookshop in Whitchurch. Neil Rathmell describes the novel, Vive le Mole! as a grown-up sequel to the traditional childhood classic The Wind in the Willows. The story is one of love and intrigue - set in the south of France. Vive le Mole! follows on from Neil’s previous release, ...
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