Author Janet’s in her Prime

Janet Macleod Trotter took part in a 1930s style event giving readings from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, while head librarian, Lynne Riddell and her team served up fruit cocktails.
Janet Macleod Trotter took part in a 1930s style event giving readings from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, while head librarian, Lynne Riddell and her team served up fruit cocktails.

THE glamour of the 1930s came back in style at Morpeth Library as World Book Night took off.

Students from King Edward VI School, along with older readers, gathered at the Gas House Lane facility to hear Morpeth author Janet Macleod Trotter read from her chosen book, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark.

In keeping with the book, which is set in 1930’s Edinburgh, the author and Head Librarian Lynne Riddell donned vintage costumes from the era, and fruit cocktails were served.

After the readings, everyone was given a free copy of the book.

Mrs Macleod Trotter said: “We encouraged teenagers to come along and discover this great story. Several students from KEVI attended, as well as more mature readers. As an audience I would rate them ‘the creme de la creme’.

“Each went away with a copy of the book, many for daughters in other parts of the country, and it is hoped they will pass their copies on, registering their unique number on the World Book Site so that the novels can be tracked to see how far they go.

“Jean Brodie, an enthusiastic traveller and teller of tales, would have approved.”

The event was part of national World Book Night, which saw a million free books given away by 20,000 passionate readers across the UK.

A total of 68 people in Northumberland successfully applied as ‘book-givers’ and were each able to hand out 48 copies of their chosen book from a selected shortlist of 25.

In Morpeth, as well as the book giveaway, members of the library’s visually impaired reading group offered free loans of audio book versions of the 25 titles.

Other events took place across the county.

Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Libraries Jim Smith said: “There was a real buzz about this event in libraries and other public buildings that were involved.

“We hope that it will have a very positive impact on books and reading, and that people will take advantage of the services available at their local library.”