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Stories of love, loss and secrets unveiled at annual reading event

Published July 02, 2021 4.12pm

Three acclaimed authors will be talking about their latest novels in an annual reading event.

Yvonne Battle-Felton

Yvonne Battle-Felton, one of the authors taking part in the Read Regional talks

Our County Durham Libraries will be hosting three author talks for this year's Read Regional, in association with New Writing North.

Every year Read Regional brings exciting new books to readers across the North and celebrates readers, writers and the role libraries play as part of the fabric of local communities.

This year's events will be held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the talks will be no less exciting.

The Blame Game

In County Durham, Read Regional kicks off on Tuesday, 6 July at 2pm with a talk from award-winning author C.J. Cooke about her new novel, The Blame Game.

The novel follows Helen Pengilly, a wife and mother in her mid-thirties who is confronted with her past in one of the most unlikely places.

Driven by a need to keep her family together, Helen makes choices that compromise her own wellbeing and eventually secrets begin to implode.

Cooke's first novel, psychological drama I Know My Name has been published in several languages and a TV adaptation is in development.

Each talk can be watched online from County Durham Libraries on Facebook.  


On Tuesday 20 July at 2.30pm readers will be able to hear from American author Yvonne Battle-Felton with her novel Remembered, the story of a mother's quest to keep her son safe.

For most of Edward's life, Spring has been living a lie. As an emancipated slave, if history and people have taught her anything, it's that they weren't interested in her story, her life.

Over time, she learned to quiet her own stories. In comforting others, she lost some of herself.

The Moss House

And on Monday 26 July at 2pm, Yorkshire-based Clara Barley will be talking about her novel The Moss House.

Set over 200 years ago in Halifax, West Yorkshire, The Moss Houseis about the desire for love and to be loved, and the desire to stand out from the crowd at odds with the desire to have a home and security and blend in.

The novel is based on the true stories of Anne Lister and Ann Walker, two very different women, as they try to create a life together.

Supporting authors, readers and libraries

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: "We are delighted to be hosting these three talented authors as part of this year's Read Regional.

"Working in partnership with New Writing North, we are excited to promote and support authors and their works, while being able to bring something new to our libraries and readers."

Copies of each books from the three talks are available from County Durham's libraries, and The Blame Game and The Moss House are also available as an ebook on BorrowBox.

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