Monthly Archives: January 2014

Nom Nom Nom Book Group – The tastiest new reader group in Wakefield!

Nom, Nom, Nom Book group – The tastiest new reader group in WakefieldWAKEFIELD LIBRARIES

Wakefield Libraries present The Nom Nom Nom book group – the tastiest new reader group in Wakefield, the launch of which will take place in the Rhubarb festival marquee at 2.15 on Saturday 22nd February. The group will be an informal reader-group, meeting monthly whose members are interested in food and cookery and want to share experiences and recipes with like-minded individuals. Members of all cooking abilities are welcome, you don’t have to be of bake-off or masterchef standard to enjoy your food and cooking it!

The Nom, Nom, Nom book group will meet monthly on the first Saturday of each month 2-3pm at the Create café, below Wakefield Library and Museum at Wakefield One, Burton Street. The inaugural book club meeting will  take place on the 1st March and the club will give members the opportunity to try new cookery writers, ingredients and experiment with different cuisines and share their results (and disasters!) within a friendly group.

The first meeting on the 1st March 2-3pm will include a chance to borrow one of 15 library reader group copies of our first reading book – The Hairy Dieters Cook Book, to experiment with throughout March, which will be issued to library members on a first come-first served basis of course…Library members just bring yourself, a copy of your favourite recipe to share and your library card!

If you don’t already have a Wakefield district library card, library membership is free, visit our website www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries  for details of how to sign up at your nearest library branch.

The cookery book reader group is a free library service event. Refreshments will be available to purchase in the café before, during and after the book club meeting.

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Creative Writing

Ian Clayton

2014 is going to be full of exciting events, opportunities to meet authors, discuss books and develop your writing skills and here is our first event of the year.

Monday 27 January
2.30-4.30pm

Ian Clayton will be at South Elmsall Library to talk about his career and his writing and encourage everyone to have a go at telling their story. If you already enjoy writing and would like some encouragement or if you’ve always wanted to and want to find out how to get started, an afternoon with Ian will be just what you need – and great fun too.

Numbers are limited so please contact the Library to reserve a place.Tel 01977 723220 or email southelmsalllibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Literary Oscars

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It’s the time of year for awards. Never mind the Oscars, book awards are much more interesting (and the speeches are better) Just before Christmas, the wonderful Neil Gaiman’s novel ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ was voted Book of the Year in the National Book Awards sponsored by Specsavers.
Now the category winners for the Costa Book awards have been announced. The novel winner was Kate Atkinson’s ‘Life after Life’ and the first novel award went to Nathan Filer for ‘Shock of the fall’ Lucy Hughes-Hallet won the biography category with ‘The Pike’, which has already won the Samuel Johnson prize. The poetry prize went to Michael Symmons Roberts for ‘Drysalter’and the Children’s book went to Chris Riddell for ‘Goth Girl and the ghost of a mouse’ – lovely title.
Which books would you choose to give your own Book of the Year awards to?

New Year, new reading

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If you are looking for some ideas for a good read for the new year, Richard and Judy’s book club is back with their Spring selection (yes, Spring already!)

There is a good crop of thrillers including Louise Doughty’s ‘Apple Tree Yard’ which is proving popular and ‘A Commonplace Killing’ by Sian Busby set in the austerity days of post-war Britain. Sian Busby, the wife of Robert Peston, died just before the book was published. There is ‘The Storyteller’ from the much loved Jodi Picoult and ‘Sisterland’, about psychic twins, from ‘American Wife’ author Curtis Sittenfield.
I think I might enjoy ‘Longbourn’ by Jo Baker, which tells the story of the servants behind the family in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ ” If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields”
What is on your reading list for the New Year?

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