- Date: 1 March 2012
- Area: Midlands
Writing West Midlands. Credit: Writing West Midlands
Arts Council England and the Local Government Association have awarded £230,000 to fund 13 library projects through the Libraries Development Initiative (LDI).
Writing West Midlands (WWM) is a successful applicant.
WWM is a literature development agency for the region that exists to develop engagement with literature across the region.
They will partner with the West Midlands Readers' Network and the Independent Publishers' Network to pilot a programme of integration between libraries and publishers in the region.
By providing the partner libraries in seven local authorities with a range of free resources, including book stock, marketing materials and access to authors, the project will develop strong links between libraries and library users and create lasting relationships from which both groups can benefit.
Jonathan Davison, Chief Executive of WWM, said: 'We are delighted to be in partnership with the West Midlands Readers' Network and the Independent Publishers' Network (West Midlands) to pilot a programme of integration between libraries and publishers in the region.
'We hope that this will encourage readers to get involved in the programming of creative events for their local libraries involving high quality literary writers from the region and that there will be stronger links between the public library sector and writing industry professionals.'
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