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Crediton Big Read 2019

August 28, 2019

Before the next equinox is upon us we thought we should look back to those long June days and celebrate Crediton’s first Big Read. Our aim was to inspire as many people as possible in the Crediton area to read and talk about the same books, and to promote reading as a shared pleasure. The idea of a Big Read was new to many people and Crediton embraced it enthusiastically. It was a genuinely community wide project which succeeded because … Read more

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Quay Words

August 18, 2019

Exeter’s Custom House was home to the Quay Words literary festival and its first writer-in-residence for six weeks from 29th June-3rd August. The festival was part of an initiative to explore the potential for the beautiful Custom House, built in 1680 at the height of Exeter’s woollen cloth industry, to become a hub for literature. The programme was put together by Literature Works on behalf of the Exeter Canal and Quay Trust, and with support from Arts Council England. We … Read more

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Reading for Pleasure: Professional Development for Teachers

July 2, 2019

For the past three years we’ve held a CPD event at the bookshop in conjunction with the University of Exeter to discuss the UKLA Book Awards – the only awards where teachers select books they want to share with pupils to inspire a love of books, reading for pleasure and a focus for discussion and extended study. Following the same format as the two previous years, local teachers joined PGCE student teachers, tutors and the CCB schools’ team for lively … Read more

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Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2019

May 9, 2019

The six-title shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced last week. This award, previously known as the Orange Prize and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize, is open to any full-length novel written in English by a woman of any nationality. The novel must have been published in the UK in the previous year, though it may also have been published in English elsewhere. Kate Williams chairs this year’s judging panel and is joined by Arifa Akbar, Dolly Alderton, Leyla … Read more

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CCB Book Group

April 19, 2019

Did you know there’s a CCB book group? We meet approximately every six to eight weeks on Mondays, at 7.30pm in the shop. Rather than taking it in turns to choose the next title we usually base our choices around CCB events or national literary prizes. Last year we chose Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist, and then challenged ourselves to read as many as we could from the shortlist – someone managed all … Read more

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CredShed

April 15, 2019

(Architect’s drawing) The CredShed Story In 2016 Crediton Community Bookshop moved to its new home at the heart of the High Street. We also acquired a large, vacant building located directly behind the shop. Once part of Lee’s retail wine business, the building was constructed in a time before supermarkets to store pallets of wine. It was dilapidated and rough around the edges, with a lack of natural light and no heating, but offered over 50 square feet of space. … Read more

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Crediton Big Read

April 1, 2019

This May we are launching the first ever Crediton Big Read! We want as many people as possible to get involved in reading books! So what does it mean? Look out for these three titles… Captain Cat and the Treasure Map by Sue Mongredien (illustrated by Kate Pankhurst): a new laugh-out-loud story for emerging readers. The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (illustrated by Terry Denton): first of the comedy classic, bestselling Treehouse series for readers aged 8-12. Raven Black by … Read more

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Chagword, Dartmoor’s Literary Festival

March 29, 2019

We’ve just spent the weekend at Chagword, Dartmoor’s Literary Festival in the beautiful market town of Chagford with a diverse and entertaining programme packed with much-loved writers and performers. Chagword actually began a little earlier this month with the first Children’s Bookfest on March 9th. Events with entertaining children’s author Sarah McIntyre, her co-conspirator and CCB patron Philip Reeve followed by wildlife presenter Nick Baker during the day, and the Pocketwatch Theatre Company performing Wind In The Willows in the … Read more

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World Book Day and the Top Titles Tour

March 7, 2019

World Book Day is a highlight on the book industry and schools calendar as children celebrate by dressing up as their favourite book character. This year we were happy to see a revamped and rebranded WBD with the message ’Share A Story’. With parents under pressure to buy outfits (and supermarkets filling their shelves with TV character costumes) the original meaning of WBD had become a little lost along the way.  Research shows that spending just 10 minutes a day … Read more

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Costa Book Awards 2018

January 7, 2019

It’s that time again – the Costa Book Award 2018 category winners have been announced! There are five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Book. An overall winner across the categories will be chosen on January 29th. The Costa Book Awards, which have been running since 1971 to honour outstanding books written each year by authors based in the UK and Ireland. This year’s category winners are…

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