Try Reading is a new project for public libraries. It celebrates and promotes the sporting event of the year - Rugby League World Cup 2013. At the same time we want more people to read more and to have a go at writing and drama.
The project is being funded with an award from the National Lottery supported £6 million Grants for the arts libraries fund by Arts Council England.
Over 150 events, including author talks, writing workshops and drama events will take place across the North West, Yorkshire and Humber regions between April and November 2013. Libraries will be working with local clubs and supporters’ groups as well as schools and other interested organisations.
The regions in the North of England are leading the project but we hope that library services across the country will get involved through this website and by organising local events. We also invite other countries, particularly those that will be playing in RLWC2013 to join in with us on the project through this website.
A key aspect of the project is getting people involved. Our events are one way we'll be doing that, but wherever you are you can upload your creative thoughts and match reports and tell us what you're reading.
Through Try Reading followers of rugby league can share their passion, encourage others to know a bit more about the greatest game and support RLWC2013.
At the same time, book lovers can share their enthusiasm for the power of words and recommend their favourite reads.
We will be asking writers to create new work, specifically for Try Reading - poems and short stories that capture the energy, the sense of belonging and the ups and downs of competition.
Last - but certainly not least - we want people to visit libraries. To see and enjoy all the great things that are in them and become an active member. Just like rugby league clubs, we need supporters!