Heacham Book Group Launches "Village Read"
February 2007

Photo by Keith Winsor (Heacham Digital Camera Club)
Back row
Beth Winsor
Anne Fletcher
Front row
Nancy Waldron Gerry Partridge
Members of Heacham Book Group with books that they have read in the last year.

Heacham resident, Beth Winsor, began Heacham Book Group in April 2005, to encourage a shared appreciation of contemporary literature. The Group is now firmly established and meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

Recently, the Group became involved with an exciting new reading group initiative, called "Village Read" which will begin in West Norfolk and eventually be county-wide. The group is kick-starting "Village Read" by selecting the first book – Eve Green by Susan Fletcher, a coming of age story set in rural Wales and winner of the 2005 Whitbread First Novel Award.  It was also chosen as a Richard and Judy summer read the same year.  This will be the book for February 2007.  Author Susan Fletcher will be coming to Heacham in March to talk to readers about the book and answer questions.

"Village Read" is a unique reading group project which enables people who love to read and review books but are unable to attend regular meetings to get involved from the comfort of their own homes via mobile libraries, so even if you have difficulty getting out of the house, or find yourself surrounded by non-readers, "Village Read" allows you to join in.

A new book will be selected every four weeks, based on members' suggestions, and comments may be registered via the "Village Read" forum which may be accessed by following the links on  
www.creativeartseast.co.uk.  Alternatively, you may complete a comments sheet in the mobile library and the librarian will file it for other readers to see.

Every few months, author events will be arranged where readers who want to get together can meet in a local village hall to listen to a speaker and discuss their reading over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. 

If you like the sound of the "Village Read", look out for membership forms in your library, on the mobile van or via www.creativeartseast.co.uk. Alternatively contact Creative Arts East’s Literature Development Officer, Sarah Bower on 01953 713390 or [email protected].