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Read Regional 2019


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Between March and June this year, New Writing North is launching its annual Read Regional campaign, which will see 12 new titles by northern authors stocked in local libraries across the region

New Writing North, the literature development agency for the North of England, have announced the 12 must-read titles which will be winging their way into libraries across the North this year, while the authors themselves take part in a total of 85 events across the region between March and June as part of the Read Regional campaign. 

The campaign is a celebration of the literary talent to come out of the North of England, and was founded by New Writing North over a decade ago. Funded by Arts Council England and produced in partnership with 22 library authorities, the authors involved will be participating in book group events, school visits, readings and workshops. 

Among the 12 titles selected for the campaign are Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold (which won the inaugural Northern Book Prize last year), Andrew Hurley’s new novel Devil’s Day (whose first novel The Loney won the Costa First Novel Award in 2015), and Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (who received the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction in 2018), demonstrating the wealth of literary talent in the North.

The full list of Read Regional 2019 titles is: 

The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven
The Impossible: On the Run – Mark Illis

Slip of a Fish – Amy Arnold    
His Dark Sun – Jude Brown
Devil’s Day – Andrew Michael Hurley
You Me Everything – Catherine Isaac
Kintu – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi          
What Falls Between the Cracks – Robert Scragg
Nutcase – Tony Williams         
The Blackbird Diaries – Karen Lloyd 
Flood – Clare Shaw   
The Black Cab – John Challis  
Not only is Read Regional a chance for these authors to meet their readers and discuss their work, but it’s also an opportunity to celebrate the vitality of libraries as centres of creativity and learning for the whole community. 

‘Our Read Regional list for 2019 is a real celebration of brilliant books that you must not miss out on this year,’ says Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New Writing North. ‘The North is bursting with literary talent and this list reflects a wide range of genres and subjects, from courageous YA to an extraordinary Ugandan epic, so there really is something for everyone.’

‘At a time when libraries are increasingly under threat, we would encourage readers to make use of this precious public resource. Visit your local libraries, borrow our must-read titles, and come and meet the Read Regional authors in person this spring.’

For more information on the books and their authors, visit

Published in: January 2019

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