The Writing Squad is looking for new members

The Writing Squad is a fabulous organisation that helps young writers in the north of England to develop their talents, and take their first steps as professionals.

They offer young writers the chance to work with each other and with professional tutors for two years, with continued support after that. They are also a sounding board and support network for a growing community of young writers and producers in the north.

The Writing Squad is looking for motivated writers aged 16-21 who live, work or study in the north of England. They are looking for talent, not formal qualifications.

Some existing Squad members talk about their experiences on this video.

Interested? You have until 17th August to apply to join.

It’s good to share

Thanks to everyone who has added their shared reading lists to our library catalogue. They make for interesting reading…

A special mention goes to the brave soul who shared their list “Books I ought to read but probably won’t”. We salute your honesty, and your refusal to be swayed by what everyone else is reading. Although you really should give Behind the Scenes at the Museum a go.

To view shared book lists, go to the catalogue home page, click on ‘My Lists’ (top right of the screen), then choose ‘Everybody’s Lists’.

Or, to save time, click here on our handy link. Be patient, the page can take a while to load.

It’s (fairly) easy to create and share your own lists. It’s best to log into your account before you start. Then find the book you want to add, and click on the ‘save’ button (the one next to the ‘reserve this item’ button). You can either start a new list, or add to one that you have already created.

The default is for lists to be private. To share, you’ll need to click ‘Edit’, then put a tick in the box next to ‘Allow other people to discover this list’. Add some tags to help other people to find your list, click ‘Save details’ and you’re done.

It really is easier to do than to describe, so head over to the online catalogue and give it a try. We’ll be sharing new lists via Twitter over the next few weeks, so this is a golden opportunity to inflict your reading habits on the world at large.

Morley Literature Festival 2012 – programme announced

The Morley Literature Festival returns this Autumn from 6th – 14th October, with a programme packed with talks, music, art and family events from a host of authors, including some well-known names in literature and media.

Highlights include Gavin Esler, Val McDermid, Stuart Maconie, AL Kennedy, Peter Hook, Polly Toynbee, plus many more.

You can browse the full programme and book tickets on the festival website now.