Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Romantic one..

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It’s all about romance and relationships when authors Hazel Osmond, author of The Mysterious Miss Mayhew and Caroline Roberts, author of The Torn Up Marriage visit  Wakefield Library on Wednesday 18 May, 7- 8pm.

Hazel Osmond is a writer of short stories and romantic comedies. In 2008 she won the Woman & Home short story competition sponsored by Costa and in 2012 her first book, Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe? was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Comedy award. comedy award.

About ‘The Mysterious Miss Mayhew’ Is telling the truth always right—even if someone vulnerable will get hurt? The Mysterious Miss Mayhew is a romantic comedy that takes a look at how slippery a concept honesty can be. Aren’t secrets an essential part of protecting your privacy, especially when you’re living in a small community?

Caroline Roberts enjoys writing about love, loss, betrayal, and family; stories that explore the emotions, showing how complex and yet beautiful our relationships can be. She also likes to write romantic comedy, letting the characters have a bit of fun too! She believes in following your dreams, which after ten years of writing and submitting, finally led her to a publishing deal with Harper Collins.

About ‘The Torn Up Marriage’   is a gritty and emotional read about love, loss, family and betrayal’’

A memory: golden-tipped sand dunes, early June heat-waves blurring the Northumberland coastline. Michael racing towards the shore, Emily on his shoulders, their laughter ringing out against the crash of the rolling waves. A family together.

Two years later, and the landscape of Kate’s marriage has changed irrevocably. When Michael comes home one evening and deals the fateful blow to their marriage, neither could have imagined the heart-wrenching journey stretching before them. Her happy home with Michael and their two beautiful girls is washed away like footprints in the sand.

Read Regional: connecting readers and authors across the North


Wakefield Library and Museum

Wakefield One, Burton St. WF1 2DD

Tel: 01924 305376


Free event but advance booking is requested

Welcome to the Ossett Archive Blog!

If you are interested in Ossett’s local history please take a look at the new official blog of Ossett Community Archive, based at Ossett library…

Welcome Ossettonians! This is the official blog of the Ossett and Gawthorpe Community Archive. We will be using this blog to engage with our followers and the people of Ossett to share information …

Source: Welcome to the Ossett Archive Blog!

Reading Well: Shelf Help


There’s a new addition to our Reading Well booklists. Shelf Help has books to help young people cope with difficult feelings and experiences. The titles have been chosen by young people themselves as well as medical experts. The books have information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress and experiences such as bullying. Reading about other people’s experiences and feelings can sometimes help with understanding your own.  Pick up the leaflet and the books in your local library – they’re free to borrow.


If you need more help, your GP will be able to offer help and advice. has information and short films on mental health services or visit

You can get support and counselling 24/7 from

Childline  Tel 0800 1111

The Samaritans Tel 116 123


The Big Read

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The Big Read.

Wednesday 11 May, 11.00am South Elmsall Library

In 2016, the Big Read, run in association with the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, is inviting you to discover P.D. James’ classic and pioneering crime novel, ‘An Unsuitable Job for a Woman’.

The Festival’s Reader-In- Residence and bestselling crime author Mari Hannah will be touring libraries across the North of England and opening up the discussion online at, inviting readers to celebrate the life and work of one of the world’s greatest writers and the true Grande dame of mystery.  An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces Cordelia Gray, the first modern female detective in crime fiction. At the time of creating Cordelia Gray, P.D. James worked as a civil servant in the crime department of the Home Office. Regarding this novel, she wrote: “I wanted to have a young heroine of courage and intelligence who faces the problems of life with a determination to be successful in a job which everyone else thinks she won’t be able to do.”

Mari will be visiting South Elmsall Library on Wednesday 11th May at 11.00am to discuss the Big Read book. To reserve a place and collect your free copy of ‘An Unsuitable Job for a Woman’ call in at South Elmsall Library. You can also book a place by calling them on 01977 723220 or emailing but don’t forget to call in to pick up the book so you can take part in the discussion on 11th May!

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