Authors look to encourage reading in South Shields

The Word.
The Word.

Four authors will be visiting libraries across South Tyneside next month in a bid to encourage people to try a new writer or genre.

Of these, three North East writers will be visiting The Word, the National Centre for the Written Word, in South Shields.

On Tuesday, Andrew Hankinson will be at The Word to discuss his book, You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life (You Are Raoul Moat).

The book takes readers inside the mind of killer Raoul Moat and explores what led him to follow the path he took.

Writer Gulwali Passarlay will be at The Word on Tuesday, May 16, to discuss his book, The Lightless Sky.

It is an epic memoir tracing his perilous journey from Afghanistan, though Europe, to eventually arrive in the UK.

People can also hear from Kathleen McKay when she discusses her new book, Hard Wired, when she visits The Word on Tuesday, May 23.

It is a gripping crime story set in Newcastle in the 1990s.

All the events at The Word are at 6pm and tickets, costing £2.50, can be bought in advance.

Next Wednesday there is an opportunity to meet North East author Phaedra Patrick at 1.30pm at Hebburn Library in Hebburn Central.

She will be discussing her latest book, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, which is the moving story of a widower who makes a discovery that challenges everything he knows about his late wife and takes him on a journey of self-discovery.

The talk at Hebburn is free but people are asked to book a place by calling the library on 0191 483 2088.

The events are part of Read Regional, run in partnership by New Writing North, South Tyneside and 22 other library authorities across the region.