I was delighted to have the opportunity of being a Reader in Residence for WMRN and was excited by the prospect of my 6 month residency at Rugby Library.

Over the residency I ran workshops, wrote blog posts, devised a reading challenge and was invited to close the residency as a Pop-up Poet for Mother’s Day, writing bespoke poems for Library users.

I managed to get an article in the local paper as a way of encouraging non-library users to take advantage of this free Mother’s Day card with unique poem and it was very busy. Demand was so high- I extended my time, ending only when the Library had to close. I was able to offer staff cards and poems as well.

Nina pop up

My links with the library and the team were always positive. It has been a pleasure to work with such enthusiastic, supportive staff.

As Reader in Residence at Rugby Library I had the pleasure of running several workshops on writing book reviews. One of my initial delights at the start of my residency was discovering how many Reading Groups there are associated with the Library. The workshops covered the technical aspects of what to include and encouraged a lot of Book Talk, we also looked at how to write a rich, informative and fun summary of the books we love to read and to focus on the potential reader. We looked at exploring themes and how to make our reviews specific.


The best book reviews introduce us to new novels and authors and inspire us to read. The workshops were enjoyed by all participants and were a pleasure to run. Here is what some people wrote in the evaluation:

“I found the workshop helpful and inspiring.”

“A very useful workshop with comprehensive notes on how to write a worthwhile, inspiring review.”

“An amazing amount of information in an hour and a half… an inspiring afternoon.”

“I enjoyed the workshop, you have a calm, free-spirited air about you.”

“Overall extremely enjoyable and more importantly, informative.”

“Lovely atmosphere, informative and useful, great to meet like-minded people, inspired to write and read.”

“Really well structured session with great tips and a relaxed atmosphere, really enjoyed it.”


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