On 7th May we were delighted to welcome Frances Hardinge to come and talk to some Year 8 and 9 classes in the Girls’ Division. She told us about her Carnegie nominated book Cuckoo Song and newly published book (on the day of the event) The Lie Tree. We were also joined by students from Turton School, Smithills School and Bolton Muslim Girls School.
The event was kindly organised by Ebb & Flo books in Chorley and Macmillan Publishers. Unfortunately we weren’t able to offer the event to all students due to exam timetabling. We’re sorry if you missed out but it is still possible to borrow the books, please ask in the Library for more information. A full write up of the event can be found here.
Whilst she was here I showed Frances around the School, she later tweeted that it was ‘Hogwarts.’ I told her about the Turret Library and the mysterious unknown room with a window above the Library. Since Frances gets her ideas from ‘everywhere’ I suggest we watch this space to see if the School appears in a parallel universe next time!
If you haven’t yet read the books I’d like to encourage you to do so. The Lie Tree is a creepy murder mystery set in 19th Century England where the main character, Faith, is a feisty girl challenges the constraints of Victorian femininity. The idea of the Lie Tree is particularly interesting as unlike in other stories, lies are not ‘punished’ or seen as necessarily ‘wrong’ and instead are used to unmask the killer.
I’m part-way through Cuckoo Song and have already decided it’s not a good book to read just as I go to sleep. If you’re a fan of Dr Who, you’ll enjoy Frances Hardinge- she uses the same malevolent twisting of reality, with porcelain, speaking dolls and doppelgangers. Earlier books feature glass-like faces where characters can only speak the truth and vindictive fairies that demand that children who use the coins from a magic well grant everyone’s wishes…
S.J. Watson the author of Before I go to Sleep, the film of which has recently been released on DVD, is visiting Bolton Central library on Tuesday 17th February from 1pm. Entry is free and there will also be copies of his latest book, Second Life, on sale that he is happy to sign.
The Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2015 was launched on Friday 3rd October with the unveiing of the shortlisted books.
The countdown begins…
The shortlist for the 2015 Award will be announced on Friday 3rd Ocotober from 1.30-2.10 at Bolton School. The winner is then up to you. Read all the books and pick your favourites.
Voting will take place in May 2015 and the winner announced June 2015.
Vist the Fiction Award blog page after the launch to find out more about the
National Poetry Day is on Thursday 2nd October.
As part of this there will be poetry readings in the LSL between 1.30 and 2.00. If you have a favourite poem you can read it, or else come and hear others read. All are welcome.
Get involved nationally: Tweet your favourite poems using #thinkofapoem. This year’s theme is ‘Remember’.
You can find out more about National Poetry Day and The Poetry Society by clicking these links.
Award winning author Chris Bradford will be visiting the Boys’ Division on
The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday and copies of every title will be available in the Girls’ Main Library. Obviously the Boys’ Division are welcome to use the interlibrary loan system if they would like to read them. Please just ask a member of Library staff. Click on each front cover to take you to the relevant Man Booker Prize website page for further information.
We were pleased to welcome Sufiya Ahmed to the Girls’ Division on 4th October. She spoke
Here at the library we are very excited to be re-launching a book award for the local area. Our team of librarians are working in conjunction with local school librarians
Bolton School steps in to save local book award
Bolton School will be hosting the newly revamped Bolton Children’s Fiction Award (formerly the Bolton Book Award) which will be launched in style in October 2013. Mrs Frew, Mrs Howarth and a cast of supporting librarians