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Read Regional 2020/21

From March to June each year, the annual Read Regional campaign celebrates selected new books from the North of England. At libraries and literary festivals across the North, authors take part in events where you can hear about their writing and talk to them about their work.
The remaining events will take place digitally.

At a glance

Aims & Objectives

The Read Regional campaign aims to connect local authors from the north of England to local readers via promotions in libraries, bookshops and with festivals and venues. Each year we choose a selection of the best books to promote via an open submission process.


The project began in 2008 when it was supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. In 2012 the project became part of New Writing North’s core programme of work supported by Arts Council England and expanded into Yorkshire and Humberside, and subsequently the North West.


Read Regional is produced by New Writing North in partnership with 23 local authorities in the North East, North West and Yorkshire. Each authority stocks Read Regional titles in its libraries and hosts a range of author events at central and branch libraries.

This year's books

Latest from Read Regional

Read Regional through the years

Resources for Librarians

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