SWRLS supports Reader Development in a number of ways;
Literature Works (formerly Cyprus Well) ; SW Literature Agency was set up in 2009 and SWRLS is a partner organisation and represented on the Board of Trustees by the Director.
SW Reading Passport 2012
This summer the world comes to London and the South West for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and libraries across the South West are inviting library members to explore the world through reading.
Readers are being urged to take a voyage of discovery, experience new cultures and be inspired as they cross the world’s borders, exploring new lands beyond their normal reading territory!
Library staff have put together recommended booklists for every continent of the world and all readers have to do is read 6 books, one each from 5 continents plus one other of their choice. Lists can be picked up at local libraries, or from the www.readsouthwest.blogspot.com
Then, using the specially printed "SW Reading Passport", readers record and review the books they’ve read. Write their thoughts and reflections on a page of the passport, tear it out and hand it in at the local library.
The pages may be displayed in the library and each review handed in before 30th September 2012 will be entered into a regional prize draw to win a "suitcase of books".
The South West Libraries Reading Passport has been developed by Read South West, an adult regional reader development partnership representing library services in: Bath and NE Somerset; Bournemouth; Bristol; Cornwall; Devon; Dorset; Gloucestershire; North Somerset; Poole; Plymouth; Somerset; South Gloucestershire; Swindon; Torbay; Wiltshire;.
This year's Big read celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin with a mass read of the classic adventure story The Lost World.
Thousands of copies of the full text version of Conan Doyle's The Lost World and a specially commissioned adaptation for younger or less confident readers, along with a graphic style biography of Charles Darwin are being distributed across a range of sites including public libraries and a number of academic libraries. A free downloadable version of The Lost World is also available, thanks, in part, to support funding from SWRLS from http://www.audioville.co.uk/ just search for Lost World and choose the full unabridged version.
The report on the whole project can be seen here: