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Doncaster Hosts Booker

Film documentary project telling the extraordinary story of a town's 60+ bookclubs and the role reading plays in the darkest of times.

In September 2020, Doncaster was named as The Booker Prize for Fiction's partner for regional events. The partnership with Doncaster Creates, an arts programme set up to nurture creativity in the town, has seen a series of literary events taking place intended to bring a positive and lasting legacy for book lovers and writers. I am thrilled to be making a short documentary film about the project together with film-maker Wayne Sables. As well as profiling the Booker initiative, the film will tell the story of the town's 60+ reading groups, many of which have continued to meet virtually since lockdown.

"Doncaster has a strong tradition in inspirational creative writing and reading initiatives with people from all walks of life," says Juliet Farrar, executive director at Doncaster Creates. "The Booker events have built on the fantastic work of our partners Doncaster Libraries and the National Literacy Trust’s Doncaster Stories campaign, bringing the transformative power of reading and high-quality writing to communities.”

A Booker book tree, created by artists Sacha Gray and Anton Hecht, using books for sculptural works, and displayed in the large windows of the Cast Theatre in Doncaster.

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