Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Peter Murphy library reading group tour announced

In a tour brokered by The Reading Agency and publishers Faber, acclaimed new author Peter Murphy will be meeting selected reading groups audiences in libraries across England during April 2013, and introducing them to his second novel Shall We Gather At The River.

National charity The Reading Agency’s Reading Partners consortium, which creates successful and exciting events and activities for readers, used its extensive contacts within the UK’s public library network to invite libraries to ‘bid‘ for Peter Murphy to come and answer questions from local book groups and read to them from his latest novel. The resulting tour by Peter begins at London’s Pimlico Library on 9 April, then taking in Cambridge, Nottingham and Shrewsbury
Shall We Gather At The River is the haunting story of a small town and the great flood that afflicts it. Over a period of fourteen days in 1984, nine souls enter the river in a spate of rash suicides …
Peter Murphy’s 2009 novel John the Revelator was one of the most acclaimed Irish debuts of recent years and was shortlisted for both the Costa First Novel Award and the Kerry Group Prize for Fiction. Peter is a freelance journalist and reporter for RTE’s arts review show The Works. He is also a founder member of the spoken word/music ensemble The Revelator Orchestra.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be working with The Reading Agency on this tour for Peter Murphy. It’s so important for writers to be able to connect with readers, and libraries are a fundamental part of this relationship,” says Rebecca Pearson, publicity manager at Faber and Faber.
The Reading Agency’s Reading Partners consortium involves the whole UK public library network and 40 publishers, and works to transform the way publishers and libraries work together. 

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