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A day in the library

A local writers’ event leaves Patrick Forsyth pondering its merits


I spent the day at an event at my local county library recently. In conjunction with the county book festival they were putting on a Local Authors’ Day. It ran from 10am until 3pm – time for a good deal of activity. Frankly it was a mixed success. Make no mistake it was well organised and it was certainly interesting and fun for those who attended, authors, publishers and readers alike. A number of local writers’ groups had a table at which they could meet people and sell books. Some writers read their work. I did a reading; located in the centre of an open area with the buzz of people round about, it was necessary to speak up. And I also ran a short workshop on writing nonfiction, which people attending seemed to find useful – and, for me, it is always nice to meet others who are enthusiastic about their writing.

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