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LoveReading Sponsors Literacy Live Stage at Victorious Music Festival

By The Bookollective Team, May 28 2019 08:28PM

Bookollective are proud to announce that the fabulous team at LoveReading will be sponsoring their Literacy Live author's stage at the Victorious Music Festival in Portsmouth this summer.

"Last year was our first year bringing books to Portsmouth, and we found an amazing amount of diverse readers and book enthusiasts among festival goers," said Bookollective co-founder Aimee Coveney. "For a city with a population of 1M, there is only Waterstones and one main WHSmith in Portsmouth! The libraries do a brilliant job but they don't reach everyone and the nearest independent is Southampton, some 20 miles away. People said they loved finding books, culture and a space to relax at Victorious and authors got a great response, selling lots of books.

"LoveReading and LoveReading4Kids are the UK's leading book recommendation websites, whose mission is to promote a love of books and reading to all. Portsmouth is one of the most busy, ethnically diverse cities outside of London and LoveReading's ethos made them the perfect fit to become a part of Literacy Live."

"Literacy Live aims to be an entry point into books for ANYONE who is interested in the written word. Children, adults, teens, working class, ethnic minority, majority, gender... there'll be something for everyone. We are thrilled to have LoveReading involved with us. Their sponsorship will ensure the efforts and message of this unique event reaches a wide audience and encourages book lovers to join us on the day."

Saturday and Sunday will be packed with two full days of author talks, including Yvonne Battle-Fenton talking about her book REMEMBERED that was long-listed for The Women's Prize 2019, Helen Whitaker, author of THE SCHOOL RUN, a perfect summer read for parents and Astra Bloom, contributor of COMMON PEOPLE (UNBOUND) who will talk about what it means to be a working class writer in a world piled high with middle class books.

There'll be poetry readings from Ana Sampson Laughlin, anthologist behind poetry anthology SHE IS FIERCEand music infused poetry from Steafan Hanvey.

LoveReading Managing Director, Deborah Maclaren said: "Our mission is simple - to share book love. Our passion for books ensures that whatever your age, and whatever your interest, that you have a steady stream of brilliant book recommendations for you and your child. Here we have found a corner of the world where we can reach new and established readers, in unique surroundings, and create a memorable platform for shouting about the joy of reading."

The LoveReading Stage will form the central entity of Literacy Live 2019 on 24 and 25 August 2019 as part of Victorious Music Festival. www.victoriousfestival.co.uk.


LoveReading and LoveReading4Kids are the UK's leading book recommendation websites, whose mission is to promote a love of books and reading to all by offering the tools, advice and information needed to help members and browsers find their next favourite book. For further information visit www.lovereading.co.uk and www.lovereading4kids.co.uk.

Bookollective are a multi award-winning team offering a range of impactful publicity, promotion and marketing options, editing services, book cover design and website creation. For Further information visit www.bookollective.com.

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