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Leading UK writers to take residencies in London libraries

In the UK, writers Irenosen Okojie, Courttia Newland, Bidisha and Alex Wheatle will take up residencies in London libraries as part of a two-year project run by the Arts Council, Spread the Word and the Association of London Chief Librarians, reports the Bookseller.

The participating authors will produce short stories based on their boroughs, which will be made into films. The project will also comprise 40 free short-story writing workshops for adult learners and residents who speak English as a second language, with a writing competition judged by the authors to be held following the workshops. 

President of the Association of London Chief Librarians Anthony Hopkins said the City of Stories project gives London’s libraries ‘an opportunity to enhance their engagement with aspiring writers and authors’. ‘Libraries historically have been an important part of a writer’s development and this project gives them even greater access and tools to improve their craft,’ said Hopkins. ‘Through a series of workshops, aspiring writers will be given access to experts and the tools to further develop their work.’   


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