The Menlove Treasure: The end is in sight…

The grass turned silver, the stone doorway shone red. The long, skinny shadows of the children twitched across the shovelled earth.

“Old tradition says they are the gates to hell,” he says, “also they are haunted by Lady Menlove who forgot to come back for her treasure. Sometimes you can hear her whistling the tune.”

Rylan realised that they were now back in the twenty first century. That if Charlotte was still inside the safe, then she had been there for a hundred cold, dark years…

menlove_treasure_front2_200x279The snippets above are all thrilling excerpts from the previous chapters of The Menlove Treasure, the latest serial from award winning author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. Have you unearthed it yet?

Written exclusively by Frank for City of Readers and their Give Us 5 campaign, The Menlove Treasure is a wonderful tale for the whole family to discover and enjoy, set in the mysterious old Mansion House in the middle of a Liverpool park, and following Frank’s script for an episode of the latest series of Doctor Who, is another journey through time. Over five chapters, we’ve joined schoolboy Rylan on his journey to find the truth about the strange torn painting and match up the past with the present. What other thrills will be in store?

Chapter 6, the final chapter in the serial, will be unveiled exclusively at the Ha’Penny Readings this Sunday 21st December at Liverpool St George’s Hall via video link, read by Frank himself, and will be available on the City of Readers website soon after. If you haven’t already discovered the story, or if you want to refresh yourself, you can read all five previous chapters on both the City of Readers and The Reader Organisation websites to get right up to date.

You can still be amongst those who get to hear the final chapter of The Menlove Treasure live and exclusive – there are a few tickets left for the Ha’Penny Readings, our festive, family-friendly extravaganza. The show starts at 2.30pm, and will be full of reading, entertainment and fun – the perfect way to start off the Christmas celebrations. You can purchase your tickets online by visiting: https://pennyreadings2014.eventbrite.co.uk (maximum of 4 per order)

City of Readers and Liverpool City Council are also organising a book donation scheme so that the city of Liverpool can share the gift of reading this Christmas. Donations of either new or second hand books, especially those aimed at children and young people, can be dropped off at the special book bins, which can be found at the following locations around the city:

  • Toxteth Annexe
  • Liverpool Central Library
  • Norris Green Library
  • Childwall Library
  • Calderstones Mansion House
  • Goodison Park

You can find out more about the scheme and a special City of Readers supporter on the Liverpool Echo website: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/everton-star-samuel-etoo-launches-8260409

The Penny Readings 2014

The Reader Organisation’s most popular annual event is returning for its eleventh year and is already highly anticipated – and today we can announce the dates for when you’ll be able to get your hands on tickets to the Penny Readings 2014, which returns to St George’s Hall in Liverpool on Sunday 21st December.

Tickets will be released to the general public in the week commencing Monday 17th November. This year, tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, available both online, at Calderstones Mansion House and further distribution points to be announced at a later date.

Members of our shared reading groups will be able to apply for priority tickets two weeks before general release, on Monday 3rd November, and can apply through their group facilitators.

As ever, you’ll be able to apply for tickets to the family-friendly Ha’penny Readings in the afternoon as well as the evening event.

The Penny Readings have become a staple of the festive season in Liverpool, so make sure you pop the dates in your diary! Stay tuned for more information on what promises to be another spectacular show of reading, music and entertainment coming soon…

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The Penny Readings Festival: Festive fun at the Ha’penny Readings

There are just four days and counting until The Penny Readings Festival arrives in St George’s Hall. We can’t wait for the festive fun to begin, and there’ll be lots of it in store to send levels of Christmas cheer soaring.

The Ha’penny Readings, our family-friendly festive extravaganza, will be returning for the fourth year at 2.30pm in the Concert Room this Sunday. Just like their older sibling the Penny Readings, the show is sold out, but there will be a live video-link for the Ha’penny Readings on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once again, there’s a packed line-up of reading, comedy and music for the whole family to enjoy. Amongst the very special guests on the bill are the High Sheriff of Merseyside, the Take a Hint Theatre Company showcasing highlights from their reading for pleasure play ‘Tales that Time Forgot’, wacky comic fun from Sticky Floor and tons of Christmassy reading from some of our finest young readers, including a suitable seasonal performance from Caldies Creatives.

Plus there’ll be special early Christmas presents with books for all attendees from Vintage Children’s Classics and Royden Revolve Rotary Club – and an appearance from the biggest VIP of all…

If you’ve got your tickets for the show, why not come along early to enjoy our absolutely free Penny Readings Festival? There’ll be reading for the whole family, stalls, refreshments and a whole load of fun to be had, all starting from an hour before the Ha’penny Readings at 1.30pm.

We can’t wait to see you there!