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Presenting The Only Way is Reading podcast

Pop art style lady holding a sign with Essex Library Services Presents The Only Way is Reading on it.
12 June 2020

We are excited to announce our new podcast! The Only Way is Reading is perfect for book lovers with each episode bringing you great book recommendations and interest stories with a library twist.

Episode 1: Eyes down, let's read!

In our first episode we are finding out the top 5 authors borrowed from Essex Libraries, giving you short and snappy reviews of the books we are reading, and introducing book bingo, a new, fun way to choose your next read.

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Episode 2: Reading out of your culture zone!

In our second episode we are discussing our first book bingo challenge, hearing from author, Louise Hare talking about BAME representation in literature and discussing books we have read on the issue, and then setting our next book bingo challenge.

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Episode 3: Reading for Wellness

In this episode we are discussing the books we read for our book bingo challenge (a book with less than 200 pages), talking about how reading can improve our mental health and wellbeing and then setting our next book bingo challenge.

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Episode 4: And the Winner is...

In this episode we're discussing the award-winning books for our book bingo challenge, talking to witty woman and founder of the Comedy Women in Print book prize, Helen Lederer about this year’s award and comedic women in literature, and then we’ll be setting our next book bingo challenge.

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Episode 5: Crime and Creativity

In this episode we're discussing books with a blue cover for our book bingo challenge, we spoke to author of the DI Robyn Bailley series, Alex Clare, about her journey as an author and the principles of crime writing, and then we’ll be setting our next book bingo challenge.

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Episode 6: Mission Complete

In this episode we’re discussing books with a connection to Essex for our book bingo challenge, Freya spoke to Joy, a local Essex poet, about her poetry and work on a local project called Essexism, and Beth spoke to our friend Callum from Libraries Unlimited down in Devon and Torbay about their lockdown podcast. And since this is our last episode of this series, we will be looking back on the book bingo challenge and how it’s changed us as readers.

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Also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.