Pan Macmillan has partnered with North East Libraries to host a three-day festival, the Big North Book Run, in the run up to World Book Night.
Five authors, including award-winning crime-writer Ann Cleeves, will be taking part in events across eight authorities within the region from Thursday 21st April to Saturday 23rd April.
Participating Pan Mac authors also include Lucy Diamond, romance novelist Rita Bradshaw, and crime writers Mari Hannah and Mary Paulson-Ellis, most of whom have personal connections with the area.
The festival, presented by Pan Mac Live, will culminate in a gala event on the Saturday evening, also World Book Night, with authors, reading groups and librarians from across the north east. Guests will be asked to bring "a book they have loved" - wrapped up with a dedication - to pass on as "a recommended read".
The Big North Book Run will be supported by independent bookshop Forum Books.
Cleeves, a champion for libraries, said: “I'm delighted to be working with libraries in north east England on the Big North Book Run. I can't wait to meet readers and the other authors as we celebrate World Book Night.”
Pauline Martin, reader development librarian at South Tyneside Libraries, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for North East Libraries to work with Pan Macmillan and host some of their top authors. The festival will give World Book Night a real regional feel and allow our readers to mix with some of the best authors in the country.”
Emma Bravo, Communications Director, (Fiction and Partnerships), Pan Macmillan, said: “Ann Cleeves has long spoken of her passion for the area, the many, brilliant local libraries (and their librarians) and reading development. We're hugely pleased to celebrate this ethos and to be working with North East Libraries, Quick Reads and World Book Night on this partnership to host a development project and create a festival with around 25 events with Pan Macmillan authors.
Dusty Miller, Non Fiction & Events Communications Director, Pan Macmillan
said: “Pan Mac Live are hugely pleased to be working with North East Libraries, Quick Reads and World Book Night on this fantastic reading development project. We share Anne Cleeves long held admiration for local libraries (and their librarians) in their brilliant work in spreading a love of books throughout the widest reaches of their local communities. We couldn’t be more delighted to bring five authors across a whole regional festival of library events.”
Rose Goddard, Project Manager, World Book Night, added: “The Big North Book Run is a fantastic idea and absolutely in the spirit of World Book Night, inspiring, sharing and celebrating reading through libraries in the North East. We're delighted that WBN 2016 authors Ann Cleeves and Lucy Diamond will be there along with a host of other great authors, reading groups and librarians.”
Pan Macmillan has recruited a Reader in Residence to support and develop outreach work through the libraries. She will also provide assistance and education for librarians in the use of Skype as a valuable tool for connecting with authors all over the world and community groups will learn how to create a series of blogs, vlogs & podcasts, using Quick Read books