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One of the strands of Jesmond Library’s celebrations of the 10th anniversary of its re-opening as a Community Managed Library was the appointment of a Writer in Residence, largely funded through a generous grant from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Writer in Residence, Amanda Quinn, led a series of workshops and classes, all intended to encourage creative writing, and the splendid outcome is an anthology of writing, some about Jesmond Library itself, some about other libraries, and some about books.

Anyone who knows the striking modern design of Jesmond Library will enjoy Ron Clarke’s memories of when, as a child, he saw Jesmond Library being built: “The Spaceship has Landed.”

“The grey streets and old houses of Jesmond had suddenly been invaded by people from a faraway land. I was desperate to go inside. What would I find? Martians or magic?”

Later on in the piece we find the answer:

“Shelves of books that seemed to stretch into the distance and maybe reach other planets. It was a new world. One that I wanted to belong to.”

If you enjoyed that, there are lots more appetising ingredients in this slim volume, including a Foreword by Michael Chaplin, a Preface by Amanda Quinn and much more besides.

Copies are available from Jesmond Library, price £5 a copy, plus £2.20 postage and packing. Send an email to enquiries@jesmondlibrary.org for further information.

Extracts from “The Spaceship has Landed” are published with the permission of its author, Ron Clarke.