Category Archives: Readers Groups
This year we are taking part in The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate’s 2014 Big Read. The Big Read book is A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
In the Peak District village of Scarsdale, thirteen-year-old girls didn’t just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of ’63, everyone knew it was a murder. Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well. A child herself when Alison vanished, decades on she still recalls the sense of fear as parents kept their children close, terrified of strangers. Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison, the tantalizing leads and harrowing dead ends. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story – plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations.
Join us on Tuesday 10th June, 2pm at Wakefield Library and Museum to discuss the book with Festival Reader-In-Residence David Mark and travel back in time to Wakefield in 1963 with Wakefield Museum and Library staff.
I’m afraid talking part in the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival does not entitle us to any free beer, but we do have some copies of the book available. Leave a comment if you would like to take part in the Big Read and we’ll get a copy to you to enjoy.
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.
National Reading Group Day is talking place on Saturday 29th June and we have planned an exciting day of activities on the theme of Crime fiction to be held at Wakefield Library and Museum.
11 – 11.30am Arrival, coffee and a chance to look at some of our new book collections
11.30-12.00 Discussion groups for Peter May The Blackhouse, Christina James In the Family or Wilkie Collins The Moonstone.
12 – 1 Group session: discussion of crime fiction and recommend favorite books, chaired by Julie Walker.
1 – 2 pm lunch. The Create Cafe in Wakefield One will be open or bring a picnic to enjoy in the library.
2-3pm Talk by Christina James, author of In the Family about her work as a writer and publisher and her new book Almost Love
We hope to see lots of Readers Group members on the day. If you haven’t yet booked a place and would like to, email email@example.com
It’s time to spring clean the sets of books we supply to readers Groups across Wakefield – retire some of the most well used titles and buy some exciting new books to enjoy. What would you like to see on our list? The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce has already been suggested but what else should we look at? A classic novel or a Richard and Judy choice? The Womens’ Prize for Fiction or science fiction? Leave a comment below with your suggestions.
Review from Eileen – Crofton Reader Group
Andrea Levy – Long Song
The story takes place in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and is told by Miss July who was born into slavery on a sugar plantation. She is taken from her mother by Caroline Mortimer to train as a ladies maid.
Caroline and July are the main women in the story and although on the surface, one has all the power and the other has none, in reality it is a constant game of one-upmanship between them, in which July generally has the upper hand. Despite their differing status they are, in fact, both trapped by their circumstances.
Caroline finds herself in charge of the plantation and overseas its deterioration throughout the Negro uprisings and the eventual freeing of the slaves.
During her life Miss July experiences fear, violence, tragedy, success and love and bears two children. One of her children Thomas, who becomes a successful publisher, asks his mother to write down the story of her life and the book moves from the past to the present as we hear of July and how she now lives with Thomas, his wife and children.
The story of Jamaica told through the experiences of Miss July gives us a glimpse of the way of life of the planters and slaves and their differing outlook on life with humour and compassion and is an excellent read.
Review From Jane – Crofton Reader Group
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell
The book follows Thomas of Hookton, an archer fighting for the English in France, at the beginning of the Hundred Years War
Seeking revenge and a stolen relic the reader witnesses, through Thomas, the brutal battles the English wage against the French. The English lay waste to the French lands taking crops and livestock to feed the army, ransacking homes for treasure to send back to England and brutally killing the men and taking the women, if they were lucky, for their own pleasure. They leave nothing behind.
Bernard Cornwell obviously researches his books well, going into great detail about the preparation for attack, the tactics of the attack and the armour and weapons used by the men and horses. The battle scenes were very descriptive and not for the faint hearted.
I felt I learnt much about the archers and their bows, arrows and their incredible skill.
The book ended with a unfinished business and I have borrowed the next two books in the trilogy, Vagabond and Heretic to find out if Thomas succeeded in his quest and what happened to the other characters of the book.
If you are interested in reading and are aged between 13-19, why don’t you come along to the next teenage reader group meeting at Wakefield One Library 4pm 30th Jan.
You will be able to meet other young people and discuss books you enjoy. Just ask for Liz Whitworth or any other member of staff who will welcome you and introduce you to rest of the group.
The Readers Group at Crofton have voted on their all time favourite top 20 books. The full list (with scores) is on the Readers Group page but their top three are- at number three, Harper Lee ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, at number two Mary Ann Shaffer’s ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ and the winner…Khaled Hosseini’s ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’
A great choice but I’d put Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird at the head of the list. What would top your all time favourite read list?