Book Buzz: September.

Bideford Library events.

Summer Reading Fun recalled.

‘Police dog’ enjoys a read during the Summer Reading Challenge in August at Bideford Library.

Below : – one of Bideford Library’s young readers, Ella McGoldrick, enjoys her library book in the park.

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Northam Library events.

Friday 29th September, 10-12, Macmillan Coffee Morning : coffee and cakes by Northam WI.

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Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

‘How to be Both,’ by Ali Smith,    ( discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group.)

It was agreed by all who read it that this was a book of two distinct halves, but which had parallel themes running through it. Not everyone enjoyed both the narratives. One half of this book is about George, a 16 year old girl who is grieving following the death of her mother as well as dealing with teenage friendships, bullies and a counsellor who repeats everything she says, which drives her mad. She thinks back over her family life, a possible espionage encounter plus a trip to Italy to view a fresco by renaissance painter Francesco Cossa.

Enter the second narrative about the life of the said painter, including a suggestion that he was actually a girl living as a man in order to become accepted as a painter. Francesco ‘encounters’ George after his/her death, as a spirit, and tries to give her the benefit of his life experience although George is unable to connect with him.

The biggest surprise to us all was that some of the books are printed with George’s story first and some with Francesco’s story first, leading to some confusion in discussion. The book led to a lively and diverse discussion on the stylistic device and on the subjects.

Sue Smith.


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Appledore Book Festival

22nd September until 30th September.

The Box Office in Appledore is run by David and Jenny at Docton Court Gallery. You can pop in to see them at 2 Myrtle Street, Appledore, Bideford, Devon EX39 1PH

Tel: 01237 424 949. Open daily: 9.30am – 5pm (11am – 5pm Sundays).

You can also email them at boxoffice@appledorebookfestival.co.uk. Tickets purchased in the Box Office are not subject to a booking fee.

Authors include our own local ones like Tanya Landman, Peter Christie and Hilary Bonner (originally from Bideford.)

But book now, as many of the events sell out very quickly.

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