The Reader Online

Following a successful year-long pilot, a county-wide network of Get Into Reading groups is currently being rolled out across Devon libraries as part of a pioneering scheme to improve memory and mental wellbeing through shared reading.

Devon County Council were so impressed by the pilot groups in Tiverton and Exeter Central, that they have invested a further £100,000 for us to  run five ‘Library Memory Groups‘ for those with memory loss conditions and their carers, as well as seven ‘Feel Better with a Book Groups’ for those wanting to lift their mood and engage with others for enjoyment and general support.

Cllr Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said:

“The power of a good book is outstanding. Sharing reading as part of a groups is a really enjoyable experience, and can also help improve wellbeing, boost confidence, self-esteem and combat isolation. These…

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Literally… A Book Shop

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Literally… A Book Shop

For any fellow Merseyside writers or readers needing resources for research or simply just interested in finding little gems of literature, then pop in to Literally… a new book shop (yes that’s right, an actual new shop) and have a looksie at all they have to offer. Places like this are few and far between so let’s keep them alive.


Poem Of The Day



Big thanks to Poetry24 for publishing one of my poems for today’s feature. click on the image above to have a gander at their website. They take submissions surrounding recent news items therefore keeping us in touch with current goings-on and using them for our writing.


Current Resource



Working my way through this novel about Liverpool’s buildings before and during WW2. Thanks to fellow writer Rick Rowe-Davies for the recommendation! Find his website here 

Come back soon and visit the Reading page for a review and if and how it has helped me with Cormorano. 


Convenience Vs. Tradition


Ok, so I am probably a little late to the party with this subject but Christmas has come and gone, and apparently the figure of downloaded books over the festive period is higher than it’s ever been. Now I realise we are moving ever faster into a technological age, and yes I also realise I am writing this online, but like many others I am worried about the future of the book, the tangible paperback or hardback book. E-readers, such as the Kindle have soared in sales the past year or so and more and more readers are opting to download a book rather than visit a bookshop and hand their cash over to an actual human being and not a humongous website. Books are not dead…yet. Nope, I won’t let them be overtaken by the e-publishing machine.

Now this is where I may start to sound like a walking-contradiction but believe me, I would choose a book over an e-book any day. However, for my birthday last year someone bought me a Kindle. Dun, dun, dunnnnn! And I realised, for the sake of convenience I was surprisingly appreciative for it. I have received worst presents, believe me. But we’ve all been there, going on holiday for example and you’re scared of finishing all the books you have packed so you cram one more in, just taking it over the luggage allowance, therefore you become determined to finish them all to prove it was worth paying that extra twenty five quid per kilo charge! Now I tend to take one paperback and my Kindle, just so I feel like I am sitting on the fence and not totally choosing a side. Saving space and weight by choosing to use a Kindle is simply convenience to me, and it’s not every day I go on holiday or travel, also I know I will never get over the joy of going into a bookshop and wandering around submerged in all the stories on offer.

Writing a book, editing, publishing, marketing, and purchasing… now that is the tradition to me. Publishers create a buzz that e-books don’t. Think of all the writers who rely on publishing deals for their livelihood, and yet some books are being sold on Amazon for 20p! I am not talking about self-publishing here because that’s a different topic all together. I’m talking about the worrying possibility that we will lose something special if e-books became the only way to publish and purchase. If you’re as passionate about reading and writing as I am you will understand what I mean when I say there is nothing like buying a new book; the feel, the smell, the beautiful covers, the imagination etc.

Over the festive period, I received plenty of book vouchers and I have already used them all up. I purchased five or six physical books and did not download one. I am not saying my Kindle is going to waste or collecting dust, it is there if and when I need it, but having an e-reader has made me realise how much we still need bookshops and my first choice will always be a trip to the bookshop, simply because I want them to stick around and stand their ground.