“Off the Page”…. hundreds of thoughts, dreams and ideas trapped in words, so make them live for you as they once did for the people who thought them.

I can’t help thinking what a joy it is to be able to read and write, so reading recently about Andrew Bailey, a blind man who had a note put in a shop window seeking someone to read to him and was inundated with hundreds of volunteers willing to help, shows that we do live in a very caring and supportive society.

Andrew Bailey was unable to read properly for 15 years through a degenerative disease, he said “There has been a huge space left in my life. I got much pleasure from reading”.

It’s sad that there are still pockets of our society that struggle with day to day reading.

‘City of Readers’ is the Liverpool Learning Partnership’s campaign to transform Liverpool into the UK’s foremost reading city. It’s aim is for every child who has the ability to do so to learn to love reading.

Events in Liverpool this weekend certainly put reading on the shopping list. Take a look at our own Calderstones Mansion Reader Organisation, bringing books to life for children and adults, with their exotic events. I was amazed at their new weekly events calendar just published. http://www.thereader.org.uk

Don’t miss though, a chance to engage this weekend with the Merseyside Literature Partnership at the Bluecoat this Saturday 18th October.
All day, there will be a full range of activities set to showcase a range of readings, workshops, games and displays for all the family to enjoy.

Beginning at 11am, the activities cascade until 9pm. Visit http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk or call 01517025324 for updates on the days events.

‘Off the Page’, who will be at the Bluecoat, is a coordinated consortium of venues, organisations and university departments offering a wide range of literature based activities in the region. Activities which you can get involved in and support with many developing your ideas into a springboard career opportunity.
Watch community projects to readings by established authors and get a taste of the richness of literature.

Well worth a visit to, is the ‘Writing on the Wall’ taster workshop led by the professional poet and creative writing teacher, Colin Watts. He will be sharing his expertise and guiding aspiring writers through the creative process with a range of different writing genres.

If you fancy yourself as an author then come along. If you fancy a career change and a challenge to become a writer, then bring a sample of your work for on the spot advice and free details of publishing opportunities.

If you are staying in town for a while, especially during the early evening after partaking of the fabulous Bluecoat eatery then don’t miss a showcase event at 7.30pm when Curtis Watt and Clare Shaw, two of the regions most dynamic and celebrated poets perform. Expect an eclectic mix of poetry, spoken word and outstanding performance.

For a literary entertaining day with events for all the family from Storytellers, poets and authors then tune into the Bluecoat and you never know, it could change your life!.

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