THE refurbished Brierley Hill Library has a new reader and writer in residence who will be running groups and activities in March.

Alison Jean Lester will be talking about her father's writing from his time as a psychologist on the first American Mount Everest expedition in 1963 and his return to the region 35 years later to find the Sherpa climbers who made his ascent possible.

The ‘Returned to the scene of the climb’ talk will run from 6pm to 7pm on Monday March 11.

American-born Alison will also give a reading and presentation from her own novel Glide from 1pm to 2pm on Monday March 11. Set in Massachusetts, the book tells the story of a man who, while making a birthday cake for his wife, opens the door to a stranger claiming to be her half-brother.

Alison is also hosting a series of reading sessions for young readers and their families. Children can choose any book to read out loud and every child who takes part will receive a prize. The next session runs on Monday March 11 from 3pm to 4pm.

Councillor Ian Bevan, Dudley Council’s cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: “Since the library re-opened after its refurbishment we’ve focused on delivering even more activities for local people and we’re delighted to welcome Alison as our reader (and writer) in residence and I hope people make the most of these free activities.”

Stephanie Rhoden, Dudley partnership manager at GLL, said: “We’re really lucky to have Alison who is such a talented author with experience of running community sessions.

“These free sessions are open to all ages, and whether you’re a writer, a reader or just interested in listening to a good story, we have something for you with our new reader in residence programme.”

For details call 01384 812784 or visit the Dudley libraries Facebook page.

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