Author set for reading tour in regional programme

Author Stephanie Butland, of South Broomhill, who will take part in the Read Regional campaign.
Author Stephanie Butland, of South Broomhill, who will take part in the Read Regional campaign.

A Northumberland author is hitting the road after she was invited to feature in an annual literature festival.

Stephanie Butland, from South Broomhill, who is also a professional trainer in creativity and thinking skills, will take part in the Read Regional campaign.

The initiative sees authors attend small book club sized events at libraries across the North East and Yorkshire to join in discussions with readers about their work.

Ms Butland will talk about her novel Letters to My Husband, which looks at marriage, loss and life moving on.

She will speak at libraries from North Shields to Hull between March and June.

“I’m honoured and excited to be a part of the Read Regional campaign,” she said.

“Writers are nothing without readers – I love to hear what they think.

“At my events I’ll aim to give honest insight into the writing life, and to answer all questions, great and small.”

The Read Regional initiative aims to give readers unique access to writers in their communities. As well as ‘meet the author’ sessions, all titles featured in the programme will be stocked by 19 library authorities in the area.

The scheme is run by New Writing North.

Chief Executive Claire Malcolm said: “New Writing North has enjoyed working with libraries to promote books and authors for many years. The Read Regional project grew out of our desire to offer more to both libraries and authors, and to connect communities of readers across the North in an enjoyable way.

“We know that being selected for the campaign can make a real difference to authors and their publishers, and that libraries value the introduction to interesting authors and the support we give them to engage readers with poetry and new work.”

For details of authors, books and events visit www.readregional.com