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lady of the helm Matthew Munro, from Chattenden, has been writing books since he was 13 and has now seen his first book published through the wonders of the internet. In its first week of publication “Lady of the Helm” – written under the pseudonym T.O.Munro – has had nearly 300 copies downloaded to kindle devices as far afield as Japan, India and France.

In writing the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy, Matthew was greatly helped by his daughter Tess, aged 12, for whom the reading of the latest instalment became a night-time ritual. Her reaction to the story and her engagement with the characters was a great motivator to keep writing. More

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booksKeen teen readers will be pleased to know that this year they have their own reading challenge to take part in – with some great prizes up for grabs.

Medway Libraries has developed a reading challenge for 13-16 year olds, after feedback from young people last year showed there was massive interest in a challenge of this kind.
Younger children are already catered for with the national and ever-popular Summer Reading Challenge, but now teenagers have their own scheme.

The Teen Reading Challenge starts on 13 July, with young readers encouraged to read six books of their choice over the summer break – it could be a library book, library audiobook or library e-book. More

JEDWARDWatch out… Planet Jedward is coming to Medway. Jed-mad fans have been snapping up the tickets for Jedward’s show at The Central Theatre on Friday, 27 September. More than 100 tickets were sold in the first few hours of the show being announced yesterday (Thursday, 9 May) with the box office inundated with calls from fans. And the Irish songsters certainly have a global following with tickets being bought for the Chatham show by fans in the Netherlands and Bosnia, and as far away as Russia and Australia.

Jedward followers have also taken to Twitter too, excitedly commenting on the hair-raising duo’s forthcoming tour and Medway date. The pair, who represented the Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 and 2012, first found fame on the X Factor in 2009, where they finished in sixth place. Since then they have gone on to release nine singles, three albums, appear on Celebrity Big Brother and their own reality TV shows.

Tickets are priced at £25 and are available from the box office on 01634 338388 or at http://www.medwayticketslive.co.uk

A book launch and poetry event takes place in Gillingham Library later this month. More

The freedom to read is the subject of a talk by Christine Ronaldson, head of literature and book production at Calibre, a charity which has been providing audio books for more than thirty years. More

Children and families in Medway will be celebrating National Bookstart Day on Friday, 10 June, with stories and activities on this year’s theme of transport. More

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