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Local writers support Rowcroft Hospice Summer Reads campaign

06 August 2014

Three prolific writers from across South Devon are supporting Rowcroft Hospice’s Summer Reads campaign.

Running from Saturday 9 to Friday 15 August, the campaign aims to encourage more people to buy their holiday reads from Rowcroft’s 13 shops across South Devon.

Bestselling author of Postcards from the Past, Marcia Willett, poet Matt Harvey and Devon and Cornwall-inspired writer Jill Treseder have all registered their support for the campaign.

To celebrate, the three will be making special appearances in Rowcroft’s shops on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 August, giving shoppers the chance to learn about the authors’ works, hear excerpts from their books and receive creative writing tips during dedicated question and answer sessions.

Caroline Wannell, Retail Development Manager at Rowcroft Hospice, said: “We are delighted that Matt, Marcia and Jill are supporting our Summer Reads campaign and would like to thank them for their support.

“Rowcroft’s shops are a great place to browse and buy a huge range of second hand books that are suitable for all ages, and perfect for squeezing into your summer holiday suitcase! Purchasing books in our shops will also help us to continue funding care for more than 1800 patients living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon every year.”

Matt Harvey, author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts and a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live programme will be speaking in Rowcroft’s Poet Matt HarveyChurston Tea Rooms at 3pm on Tuesday 12 August. He said: “I’m looking forward to meeting Rowcroft supporters in the hospice’s Churston shop. I’ll be reading some work written for the radio, parts of which are included in my books Where Earwigs Daren't and Mindless Body, Spineless Mind. I'll also be reading a selection of pieces from The Element in the Room, an as-yet unpublished piece of work, which is coming out in September.

Matt added: “It's great to buy second hand books to support charity shops, but also because shopping for them is such a great experience, especially in the age of Kindles and Amazon. Avid readers such as me love second hand books; it's great to join in with the passing on of great reads.”

As part of Rowcroft’s Summer Reads campaign, Marcia Willett will appear in Rowcroft’s Totnes shop at 10am on Tuesday 12 August and Jill Treseder in Rowcroft’s Ashburton shop at 3pm on Wednesday 13 August.

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