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#WriteCity Creative Writing Festival 2014

 Join Aberdeen City Libraries for free creative writing workshops this Autumn as part of the #WriteCity Festival. The sessions are open to all ages and abilities, so come along to a session for invaluable guidance and advice from some of our most successful local poets and authors. Laura Lam

Fiction Writing with Laura Lam   

Monday 15 September, 5.30-7pm  Northfield Library

Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart's desire, colour outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. Her first novel, Pantomime was released in February 2013 through Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot Books. The title is a winner of the Bisexual Award, and is a Top Ten Title for the 2014 American Library Association Rainbow List. The sequel, Shadowplay, followed in January 2014. Laura has also written Vestigial Tales and self-published short stories/novellas set in the same world.

Sheena Blackhall Poetry with Sheena Blackhall

Wednesday 1st Oct, 5.30 – 7pm                     Torry Library

Sheena Blackhall is a writer, illustrator, traditional ballad singer and storyteller in North East Scotland. From 1998-2003 she was Creative Writing Fellow in Scots at Aberdeen University's Elphinstone Institute. She has published four Scots novellas, fifteen short story collections &over 100 poetry collections. In 2009 she became Makar (poet laureate) for Aberdeen & the North East.

National Poetry day with Olive M. Ritch

Thursday 2 October, 2.30-4pm    Tillydrone Library

Olive M. Ritch has been published in a number of literary journals and  anthologies including Causeway / Cabhsair, The Hippocrates Prize 2011 and Don't Bring Me No Rocking Chair. She received a commendation in the National Poetry Competition 2003, won the Calder Prize for Poetry at the University of Aberdeen in 2006, and recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing.

Spaces at workshops are very limited so booking is essential. E-mail libraryevents@aberdeencity.gov.uk or telephone 01224 652500 to book a place.

'Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future' by Judah Passow

Introductory Talk and Launch of Photography Exhibition Photograph by Judah Passow

1pm, Monday 22 September 2014 at Aberdeen Central Library

Award-winning documentary maker Judah Passow has travelled the length and breadth of the country – from the Shetlands to the Borders - documenting Scottish Jewish life in the 21st Century.  The results of his work are portrayed in a unique photography exhibition displayed in Aberdeen Central Library from 22 September until 30 December.

'Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future' portrays Jewish communities across the country and captures the Judah Passow Photograph complexity and diversity of contemporary Scottish Jewish life. The exhibition was launched at the Scottish Parliament in April and has toured internationally and across Scotland, featuring in New York's Weil Gallery to coincide with the city's Scotland Week.

Join Judah Passow for a free talk on Monday 22 September at 1pm as he launches the exhibition and discusses the inspiration behind his project.

Media Sale in the Central Library

10 - 24 September

It's that time of year again when we sell some of our DVDs and CDs to make space on our shelves for the latest releases. A great opportunity to expand your permanent collection for less!

Get into the Commonwealth Spirit this Summer with Aberdeen City Libraries

 Together with libraries across Scotland, we're taking part in the national summer reading promotion 'A Wealth of Reading' designed to celebrate titles by Wealth of Reading Logo Commonwealth writers and books set in and around the Commonwealth.

Visit any of our libraries across the city between July and September, select one or more books from our Wealth of Reading Commonwealth Collections and enter the national competition to be in with a chance of winning a brand new tablet (the computer, not the delicious Scottish sweet delicacy!).

Taking part is simple: Describe the best things about the book(s) you've read in no more than 50 words and you could be a winner. Enter online at the Wealth of Reading website or fill out a review card from your local library before the competition closes on Tuesday 30th September to be in with a chance of winning.

If you're looking for ideas on what to read then check out our Commonwealth must-reads for inspiration!

One-to-One Business Sessions

 Missed out on attending one of our 'Mint in May' workshops in Central Library? Mint Logo There are still opportunities to find out how much the premium business e-resource Mint UK, accessible free of charge in our Information Centre, can benefit your business. Contact us on 01224 652511 or e-mail InformationCentre@aberdeencity.gov.uk to book an individual session with our Business & Enterprise Librarian. 

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