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Surrey Reading Aloud competition 2019
Surrey Libraries and Brooklands Radio are celebrating the joy of reading aloud by inviting Surrey residents to nominate people who bring stories alive when reading aloud.
And the winner is...
Congratulations to Gemma Willcox, nominated by Liane Smith. Gemma received nearly half the votes in the competition, reading aloud 'Dave Pigeon' by Swapna Haddow.
Gemma was awarded her prize by County Councillor, Mrs Julie Iles, Cabinet Member for All Age Learning, at Brooklands Radio during a programme broadcast on Christmas Eve.
The programme was a wonderful opportunity to review the competition, listen to extracts from all our shortlisters and hear Gemma reading aloud the magical, 'T'was the night before Christmas' by Clement Clarke Moore. County Councillor, Mrs Julie Iles responded to questions about the new strategy for Surrey Libraries including plans to modernise, shaping provision to meet community need, improving access and making better use of resources including volunteers. If you missed it you can still listen to a podcast of the programme on Brooklands radio.
The Reading Aloud competition has revealed a wealth of talent in Surrey, amongst children and adults, for reading stories aloud. If you enjoyed listening to Gemma and our other finalists reading extracts from Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow, A girl called Justice by Ellie Griffiths and Dogger by Shirley Hughes, you can borrow the books from most libraries and read the rest of the story.
If this inspires you to read aloud to someone you know, please pop into any one of our 52 libraries where you can borrow something of your choice or ask our lovely staff for a recommendation.
Hearing Champion sessions
We are very pleased to launch this free drop-in service for people with NHS hearing aids. Help available includes basic maintenance, battery supply, trouble-shooting, cleaning and re-tubing.
Sessions will be held monthly in the following libraries:
- Camberley - first Monday of the month, 10am–12 noon.
- Egham - first Thursday of the month, 1.30pm–2.30pm.
- Godalming - first Monday of the month, 10.30am - 11.30am.
- Guildford - last Tuesday of the month, time to be confirmed.
Files available to download
- Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow transcript (182.7 KB)
The extract from the story, 'Dave Pigeon' by Swapna Haddow, used for Surrey Reading Aloud competition 2019
- Dogger by Shirley Hughes transcript (190.2 KB)
The extract from the story, 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes, used for Surrey Reading Aloud competition 2019
- A Girl Called Justice by Elly Griffiths transcript (184.2 KB)
The extract from the story, 'A Girl Called Justice' by Elly Griffiths, used for Surrey Reading Aloud competition 2019
- Reading Aloud terms and conditions (140.3 KB)
Terms and conditions for entering the competition.