What am I talking about now, you ask?
Libraries, I reply. They are a valuable resource in any local community, in my opinion and as such we should exploit all means possible to save them, from an ever increasing threat of cut-backs and eventual demise.
It is therefore always satisfying to see my local library, actively seeking the services of local authors, to help engage with the public, encouraging them to participate in workshops and discussion evenings.
The next event in Frome Library, is on Thursday 23rd September 2010, 7.30-8.30pm.
This will be an opportunity to to hear readings and discuss the latest book, of local author Lindsay Clarke
Synopsis of: – ‘The Water Theatre’
As war-reporter Martin Crowther arrives in Umbria, still raw from a recent assignment in Africa, and from a failing love affair back home, a storm hits and the sky opens.
Things are powerfully on the move inside him too as he comes to the small village of Fontanalba, on a mission to track down two friends from a lifetime ago. Adam and Marina are the estranged children of his mentor, Hal Brigshaw, who is nearing the end of a turbulent life and wants to summon them home. But there are good reasons for their self-imposed exile, and not all of them are understood, and not all are in the past.
An air of secrecy also surrounds preparations for an event at Fontanalba in which Adam and Marina have an extraordinary role to play. As Martin waits, trapped between duty and desire, he is both intrigued and dismayed by his dealings with a close-knit community, who seem bent on protecting their own – and on shaking the ground of Martin’s life.
About The Author:-
Lindsay Clarke, was born and raised in Halifax, West Yorkshire and worked for many years in education, before becoming a writer, both at home and abroad, in Africa and the USA.
He is the author of 7 novels, with possibly his most notable achievement being forThe Chymical Wedding which won the 1989 Whitbread Award for Fiction.
He has been; Writer in Residence at the University of Wales, Cardiff; Scholar in Residence at Schmacher College, Devon; and Creative Consultant to The Pushkin Trust, in Northern Ireland. Lindsay, still lectures widely, both at home and abroad and tutors many courses for the Arvon Foundation.
He lives, at present, in Somerset, with his wife.
Tickets are available for this event, either at a cost of £2.50, if booked in advance, or for £3.50, if purchased on the door.
Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase. Click here for further details of venue.