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Book In For Festival Of Reading At Libraries

Lit up

Renfrewshire’s libraries will welcome a series of well-known authors to the area when they host a festival of reading next month.

Best-selling crime writers Alex Gray and Caro Ramsay, and critically-acclaimed author, poet and playwright Des Dillon are among the big names who will appear at the Lit Up festival.

The two-week event – which runs from 19 to 31 March – is aimed at encouraging reading within Renfrewshire, and hopes to reach a new audience through a varied programme of events, exhibitions and competitions.

As well as the author visits, Renfrewshire libraries will also stage a programme of events for children, plus a variety of competitions and a quiz.

Councillor Eileen McCartin, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said: “We are delighted to be able to host this series of events and hope they will encourage people – both young and old – to discover, or rediscover, the joys of the written word.

“The staff at Renfrewshire libraries have put together a great programme of events, and I would encourage residents to go along and take part in the fun.”

The programme kicks off on Monday 19 March when Alex Gray – who has published a number of popular crime novels set in her native Glasgow – will meet fans at Bishopton Library.

The author visits continue when fellow Glaswegian crime writer Caro Ramsay appears at Paisley Library on Wednesday 21 March, before Des Dillon – best known for his popular play, ‘Singing I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim’, arrives at the same venue on Monday 26 March.

Tickets for these three events – which all start at 7.30pm – cost £1 each, including refreshments, and are on sale now from Renfrewshire libraries.

There is also plenty on offer for younger readers too, when Alison Murray – author and illustrator of ‘Little Mouse’ and ‘Apple Pie ABC’ will entertain children aged between three and five at a free event in Renfrew Library on Tuesday 27th.

And the next day, children’s author Franzeska Ewart – author of ‘There’s a Hamster in my Pocket’ will meet an invited group of schoolchildren at Glenburn Library.

The festival will also see a packed programme of Bookbug and storytelling events for children at libraries across the area, plus much more.

A brochure with full details for all these events will be available at Renfrewshire libraries.

For more information about the Lit Up festival, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/libraries or follow us on Facebook.