Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Libraries to help celebrate summer festivals

Self-service terminals are being installed at Chichester Library

West Sussex libraries are helping to celebrate the 2012 Adur and Durrington festivals by holding a number of exciting events – including the chance to get up close with a best-selling author.

The yearly summer festivals start on June 1 and will be showcasing jubilee-themed art, music and theatre performances throughout the two areas.

The Library Service is joining in with the celebrations by offering the chance to meet some of the county’s most popular novelists in its Durrington, Southwick and Worthing branches.

These include:

·  Writer Gabrielle Kimm who will be signing copies of her latest books “His Last Duchess” and “The Courtesan’s Lover” on Thursday June 7. The historic fiction writer will be speaking about her work at Southwick Library from 3:30pm. Tickets cost £3.

·  An illustrated talk on how West Sussex celebrated the 1897 Royal Diamond Jubilee with County Local Studies Librarian Martin Hayes. He will be at Durrington Library on Friday June 1 and Shoreham Library on Thursday June 14 – both starting at 7pm. The events cost £3.

·  Readers can also vote for a winner of the first “Snap-shot Shoreham” competition. The contest saw residents take photos of the seaside resort which are being showcased at Shoreham Library.

·  There is also a chance to see the new “Durrington in old photographs” exhibition for free, which is being held in the branch throughout June.

West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader, Lionel Barnard, who oversees the Library Service, said: “We are very pleased to help celebrate these two popular summer festivals in our branches.

“There will be something for everyone of all ages and they are also an excellent opportunity for upcoming novelists to hear first-hand advice on getting their work published.”

For more information, including how to buy tickets for the events, contact the West Sussex Library Service on: 01243 642 111.

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