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Rugby League World Cup honours the Six Book Challenge

Posted Wednesday 4 December 2013 by Brenda in Events, Libraries, Six Book Challenge

Development librarian Janet Puzylo who works for Livewire Warrington, received a Bronze award for the number of people who have comeeted the shceme.A special presentation ceremony during half time at the Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford served as a final celebration for the year-long partnership between The Reading Agency and RLWC2013 to deliver the Six Book Challenge and encourage less confident readers in areas typically populated by Rugby League fans.

The Six Book Challenge invites adult literacy learners and less confident readers to read six books and record their progress in a diary in order to receive a certificate. It is being increasingly recognised as a key intervention using reading for pleasure to help tackle this country's continuing skills deficit. Key partners in bringing the Six Book Challenge to Rugby League fans, using specially branded materials, have been public library services, workplaces and trade unions.

England international and Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who is a Six Book Challenge ambassador said: "It's been an honour to be associated with this project. I know first-hand that it has had an extremely positive effect on the literacy and lives of hundreds of adults and young people, and I'm pleased to have played just a small part in the process."

Find out more about the honours at the Reading Agency Website

Creative memories of Rugby League

Posted Monday 4 November 2013 by Brenda in Events, Libraries

A love of Rugby League, local history, music and family were all brought together at a recent event held at Warrington Library.    A creative workshop was delivered by the award-winning writer and performer Cathy Crabb and was funded as part of the Arts Council Try Reading project.

Participants were encouraged to bring to the session rugby photos and memorabilia from yesteryear, Cathy Crabb at a Creative drama and writing event in Warrington Librarysome of which could be obtained from the Livewire libraries' own archive collection which has been digitised and made available on Flickr.  

The local history librarian was on hand and provided several pieces of fascinating information on the history of Rugby League in Warrington which was much appreciated by the participants.

There was also a promotion of books on Rugby League and a collection of the original archives on display in the library. Cathy delivered a superb session, working with a group of delightful people who were generous in sharing their great stories and memories, even though they'd never done anything like this before.

New Zealend vs Samoa

Posted Monday 28 October 2013 by Brenda in Events, Young People

I  was able to go to the first RLWC13 match in Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium and I thoroughly RLWC2013 Program group B and match ticketenjoyed the game.

I’ve been to the stadium before to see the Wolves play and I have to say that as a host town for Samoay that as a host town for Songton Town centre as part of the shame Somoa didn' that as a host town for Soma the Warrington f the Warrington fans treated and supported the Samoan team like they were their own.

It truly was a great family event.

My 9 year old daughter Ellen really enjoyed the game too.  Earlier that day she had taken part in the Window on Warrington event which saw performers aged from 3 to 87 dance within the streets of Warrington Town centre as part of the build up  for the game in Warrington.

 This is what Ellen had to say about it all

  “Try reading, because it is fun you will get a good education and when you are older and you want to be an author you will have loads of ideas from books.”

  “It was the first Rugby League World Cup game I have been to. New Zealand against Samoa.  It was a shame Samoa didn’t win but it was a really good game.”


If you get the chance to get yourself a Rugby League World Cup 2013 programme there are some interesting articles to read there about the teams.  Such as the hopes for the Samoan team from their head coach Matt Parish.

A Passion for Sport report

Posted Thursday 24 October 2013 by Time To Read Jane in Events

Its not often that the order of a reading is decided by a coin toss. However, fair play seemed appropriate in the context of A Passion for Sport, held in the cavernous downstairs area at The Green on Ducie Street, half-lit by a row of golf simulation booths.

Presented as part of the Try Reading project... Ian McMillan and Owen Sheers offered an illuminating, entertaining insight into their residencies with Barnsley FC and the Welsh national rugby union team.

Following the mantra ‘tails for Wales never fails’, Owen Sheers’ superstition proved right and he chose to read first. Sheers’ book Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby follows the Welsh team through their astounding Grand Slam run in the 2012 Six Nations, and his area of focus here was on Wales’ 19-12 victory over England.

Sheers reflected on the human fascination with sport, paraphrasing Seamus Heaney in noting its unique capacity for moments that ‘catch the heart off guard and blow it open’. The insight he shared from his time with the Welsh players and coaching staff, such as the fear of defeat that motivated the young squad and their subjection to cryotherapy between matches, lent them an unfamiliar fragility. It served to remind us that despite the detached nature of modern sport, with professionalism dislocating players from their communities and causing their every word and movement to be analysed, the human narrative of striving to be remembered endures, as Scott Williams will be for his winning try.

Ian McMillan engaged the audience in a lighter way, a hilarious quick-fire presence on the stage with his warm Yorkshire brogue. Regaling the crowd with his tales of following Barnsley FC during their lone Premier League season, McMillan performed poems from his collection It’s Just Like Watching Brazil. With all the wit that tumbles out of football fans in a chant or heckle, his poems expressed the joyful dizziness that sport can inspire, one where a major historical event fades in comparison with watching one’s lower-league team get promoted:

When man landed on the moon, I didn’t really care, But when Barnsley beat Bradford, I was there

Once the floor opened to questions at the end of the night, a fascinating discussion began on the complicated relationship between sport and literature, and growing receptiveness towards writing residencies. When the panel were asked how best to enter writing, Sheers advised the importance of learning to read and listen. With so much ground being covered that night at the Green, the world of sport clearly has much it can tell us about ourselves.

About the writer: Chris Ogden was born in Salford where he currently resides. He has a Creative Writing MA from the University of East Anglia and was recently selected for the Cornerhouse's Digital Reporters Scheme. He can be found jabbering about poetry, football, and music at thethumbcompass.wordpress.com or on Twitter @TheThumbCompass.

Chris was one of a team of bloggers selected by Manchester Literature Festival to report on some key events. More of these blogs can be seen at the festival's blog Chapter and Verse.

We should also add that the event was ably steered by BBC sports presenter Karthi Gnanasegaram. Always a thrill to see someone recognisable from TV, participating in an event that I helped to co-create (Try Reading Jane)

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