Discover the best Northern novels in Read Regional campaign

This story was published 13 May 2019

Twelve of the best new titles from Northern writers have been announced for this year’s Read Regional campaign which is visiting libraries in North Yorkshire.

the Read Regional authors

The campaign celebrates new must-read titles by authors from the North, who have a chance to meet readers in their local libraries through readings and book group discussions.

Founded by New Writing North in 2008, the campaign is funded by Arts Council England and is produced in partnership by New Writing North, North Yorkshire County Council and 21 other library authorities.

The 12 chosen titles are made up of children’s, fiction and nature novels, as well as poetry. They will all remain stocked in the libraries after the campaign, allowing readers to access a wealth of new Northern literature. Reading guides to each book can be downloaded from

Laura Steven visited Ripon Library for a session with pupils from Nidderdale High, discussing her book, The Exact Opposite of Okay.

Two writers are still to visit libraries in North Yorkshire. They are:

  • Robert Scragg, author of What Falls Between the Cracks, will be at Stokesley library on Tuesday, 14 May, at 6.30pm; and
  • Andrew Michael Hurley, author of Devil’s Day, will be at Derwent Valley Bridge library on Thursday, 13 June, at 7pm. 

For more information and to buy tickets, contact the relevant library.

“Read Regional is a terrific project which allows us to be able to welcome some of the best Northern writers to our libraries,” said County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries. “No matter what genre you prefer, I hope readers of all ages take this opportunity to come and see the best new titles from some home-grown talent.”

Claire Malcolm, Chief Executive of New Writing North, said: “Our Read Regional list for 2019 is a real celebration of brilliant books that you must not miss out on this year. The North is bursting with literary talent and this list reflects a wide range of genres and subjects, from courageous YA to an extraordinary Ugandan epic, so there really is something for everyone.”

The other books on the 2019 list are:

  • The Impossible: On the Run by Mark Illis;
  • Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold;
  • His Dark Sun by Jude Brown;
  • You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac;
  • Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi;
  • Nutcase by Tony Williams;
  • The Blackbird Diaries by Karen Lloyd;
  • Flood by Clare Shaw; and
  • The Black Cab by John Challis.