Features

Indulge your book loving sensibilities with our range of fascinating features on all things reading-related. From articles and interviews, to recommendations and author videos, you'll find something of interest whatever your literary taste. We'll be updating this page regularly, so do check back for more.

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FEATURES 22/06/2020

Reading Groups . . in Lockdown

How have reading groups been adapting to isolation? We take a look at the options open to us, and invite our reading groups to tell us about their own lockdown experiences. . .  

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Features 22/06/2020

Book Talk: New Author Interviews 

Watch our latest editions of Book Talk - featuring interviews with award-winning novelist Mahsuda Snaith and celebrated Nottingham poet Matthew Welton.

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BOOK CLUB  22/06/2020

Inspire Online Book Club: be part of it!

Find out more about the  Inspire Online Book Club. Discover our latest reads, watch our Book Club chats on Zoom and find out how you could take part  in a future Zoom chat! 

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Books Q&A  22/06/2020

Mike Gayle

We pose our bookish Q&A to bestselling author Mike Gayle whose novels includeThe Man I Think I Know and Half a World Away. Find out which books have surprised him, made him cry and more . . . 

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Features  25/06/2020

The Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist

Find out about the shortlisted titles for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction.

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Books Q&A  22/06/2020

Pete Ramskill

Poet Pete Ramskill tells us about the books that have inspired him, sent his mind racing, and the poets who make him cry . .

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Recommendations  25/06/2020

Black Voices

Explore our Pinterest board of  eBook and eAudiobook titles, covering race, racism and Black lives. 

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Recommendations  25/06/2020

Refugee Stories

National Refugee Week took place 15 - 21 June this year, explore a range of free to borrow digital titles on the theme,  featuring stories of courage, heartbreak, injustice and the importance of sanctuary, from around the world.  

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FEATURES 20/05/2020

Book Talk - Crime Fiction Special

As part of a new series where we bring you interviews with the authors you love, three major crime writers talk to Librarian Chris Jones via video.

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BOOKS Q&A  20/05/2020 

Books Q&A: Crime Reading Special

In  celebration of crime fiction, we pose our Bookish Q&A to FOUR brilliant crime writers.

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RECOMMENDATIONS  20/05/2020

Crime Reading  Picks

Our selection of the best crime digital eAudiobooks ready to be enjoyed now.

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FEATURES  04/05/2020

The Books That Shaped Our World

As part of our ongoing tie-in with the BBC Arts celebration of the English language novel's 300th anniversary, TM Logan and Henderson Mullin each tell us about a significant book and the way it has shaped their lives.

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BOOKS Q&A  04/05/2020

Milly Johnson

Bestselling and award-winning author Milly Johnson answers our bookish Q&A.

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FEATURES  01/05/2020

eAudiobooks - picks of the month

With thousands of digial audiobooks available to listen for free via Inspire,  it can be hard to choose to your next good listen. We've highlighted some of the best treats available for multiple users now (so no queues!).

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https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/online/virtual-world/reading/features/eaudio-recommendations/

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BOOKS Q&A  06/05/2020

Cathy Bramley

Bestselling author of romantic fiction Cathy Bramley answers our bookish Q&A

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FEATURES  04/05/2020

Kids, Kestrels and the Kitchen Sink 

Writer Andrew Graves looks at two examples of working class literature that became cinematic gold in this introduction to Kes and Whistle Down the Wind. 

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FEATURES   04/05/2020

Life in Lockdown: Five Leaves Bookshop 

A look at how Nottingham’s much-loved independent bookshop is adapting. 

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BOOKS Q&A  04/05/2020

Henderson Mullin

We pose our bookish questions to the Chief Executive of Writing East Midlands.

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