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Exeter City of Literature launches Book Nooks in Warm Spaces campaign

WHAT: Public fundraising campaign will raise money for new books to be sent to Warm Spaces

WHEN: Monday 30th October 2023 – Friday 16th February 2024

WHERE: Community centres that act as official Warm Spaces around Devon

WHO: Exeter UNESCO City of Literature

Exeter City of Literature is running a public fundraising campaign to raise money to purchase new books that will be sent to select designated Warm Spaces in Exeter and Devon. The campaign will run from 30th October 2023 to 16th February 2024. Warm spaces will include Wonford Church, St. Katharine’s Priory, The Freedom Centre, and other community centres, churches, and parish halls.

In England, 5.1 million adults lack the literacy skills expected of an 11-year-old. Parts of Exeter and Devon have some of the lowest-literacy wards in the country, including Priory, Mincinglake and Whipton, Ilfracombe, and Barnstaple. Exeter City of Literature has a track record for making books and reading accessible and fun, from free book tokens for bibliotherapy sessions to the Penguin Books Vending Machine at Exeter St David’s Station. This literacy gap creates significant obstacles to social mobility, and the charity hopes to change this with their Book Nooks in Warm Spaces campaign.

The first donation of books will be sent to the Warm Spaces just before Christmas. Books will be selected by trainees from the Bibliotherapy course that Exeter City of Literature runs in partnership with Exeter College.

Anna Cohn Orchard, Executive Director of Exeter City of Literature says: “Access to a warm environment and good-quality books are crucial to people’s health and well-being, especially in the winter. We hope this campaign will help us raise the funds we need to send brand new books to places in Exeter and Devon that don’t have free and easy access to books. Exeter has a history of reading dating back over 1,000 years and we want to celebrate this by providing the region with as many books as possible!”

For more information, please contact: Anna Cohn Orchard – [email protected]

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