ibraries up and down the country will be holding events this week to mark National Libraries Week. Across Newport there are a range free talks and workshops available with professional writers and speakers.
The week of events kicked off on Saturday morning with children’s author and illustrator Shoo Rayner. He was the special guest at a celebration morning for children who completed the Summer Reading Challenge.
Shoo answered questions from local children about his writing career and his books. His engaging persona kept the audience enthralled throughout the morning, which included a reading from his book Dragon Gold. Shoo also gave some top tips on how he draws the characters in his books, and the complexities of drawing dragons.
Events are running throughout the week with something to suit everybody. Here are the details you need to know for upcoming events:
When: Monday 9 October, 5.30pm
Where: Malpas Library
Evonne is the award winning author behind romantic suspense titles, including Summer in San Remo and Never Coming Home. She will be talking about about her books and writing in general.
When: Tuesday, October 10 from 7.15pm
Carl Gough brings traditional storytelling to a modern audience. Oral storytelling is an ancient skill and Carl uses this to bring myths and legends to life.
When: Wednesday, October 1
Where: Rogerstone Library
Again admission is free
Screen writer and crime author M R Hall is the author behind The Coroner, The Chosen Dead, and most recently A Life To Kill. Matthew’s book The Innocent is currently available to download for free for Kindle, download today from Amazon.
When: Thursday, October 12 at 2.30pm
Where: Bettws Library
Andrew is the guest speaker at Bettws library, where he will be talking about his book, Secret Newport. He will be revealing hidden facts about Newport that even the local people don’t know
When: Thursday, 12 October, 7.15pm
Where: Central Library
Phil is a radio presenter, sports commentator and author. He is now a popular speaker and has given talks at The House of Lords, Saint David's Hall, and The Cardiff International Arena. The entry fee for this event includes a glass of wine.
When: Saturday 14 October, 10am to 3pm.
Where: Central Library
Family fun is due to fill Central library on Saturday, with face painting, balloon making, storytelling, crafts and much more. This is the ideal event to inspire the youngest members of the family with a love of libraries.
These events are a fantastic opportunity for aspiring writers or literary fans to meet successful authors and find out more about their books. So, go along to your local library and enjoy what National Libraries Week has to offer.