Did Your Love Story Start with a Book?

21 Dec 2011

Forget your Mills and Boon romances – the Welsh Books Council is looking for couples of all ages across Wales who can thank books in some way for making their lives complete. As part of the celebrations to mark the launch of the Quick Reads / Stori Sydyn titles for 2012, a competition has been launched to find Wales’s most romantic readers. The winners will be announced at a special event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on the Welsh Valentine’s Day (Dydd Santes Dwynwen), 25 January 2012, and at Llanddwyn on Anglesey, the spiritual home of the Dwynwen legend. The first prize in the competition will include a bundle of books and a romantic break for two at a luxury hotel in Wales.

We are looking for heart-warming stories – did you meet the love of your life whilst browsing the shelves of a bookstore or library, or maybe at a book club? Did the book a stranger was reading on the train make you want to get to know him or her better, or did a secret letter hidden in a book perhaps lead to marriage?

Since its launch in 2006, the Quick Reads / Stori Sydyn initiative has distributed over 3 million books through supermarkets, bookshops, libraries, workplaces, prisons, colleges, projects for travellers and the homeless and many more outlets. The books have introduced hundreds of thousands of new people to the pleasures of reading, and have encouraged existing readers to read more. They have reached some of the most struggling and economically deprived people across the UK and Ireland, helping to improve access to reading and transforming lives.

Delyth Humphreys, Head of Children’s Books and Reading Promotion at the Welsh Books Council, said: "The Quick Reads / Stori Sydyn campaign is gaining momentum all the time and encouraging thousands of people across Wales to give reading a go, many of whom may never have read a book before. We hope that reading will also spark a few romances, or may have done in the past. If so, we would love to hear about them.

"The sixteen new titles for 2012 offer a fascinating mix of subject matters and should appeal to a wide range of people. And with London 2012 on everyone’s mind, sport is certainly well represented."

Competition entries, in either Welsh or English, can be made via the Quick Reads / Stori Sydyn Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=308214715677 or by email to rhodri@cambrensis.uk.com Alternatively, send your entry by post to Quick Reads / Stori Sydyn 2012 Competition, c/o 7 Romilly Crescent, Cardiff CF11 9NP. The closing date is Monday 9 January 2012. All winners will be notified by email and/or telephone on Monday 16 January and invited to attend the Senedd in Cardiff Bay or Llanddwyn in Anglesey on Wednesday 25 January 2012.

The Wales and Welsh-language 2012 Quick Reads / Stori Sydyn titles are:

Earnie: My Life at Cardiff City, Robert Earnshaw  
Going for Gold: Welsh Olympic Dreams for 2012
Finger Food, Helen Lederer
Why Do Golf Balls Have Dimples? Weird and Wonderful Facts of Everyday Life, Wendy Sadler    Yr Elyrch: Dathlu’r 100, Geraint Jenkins
Cymru a’r Gêmau Olympaidd, John Meurig Edwards
Hunllef, Manon Steffan Ros
Tu ôl i’r Tiara: Bywyd fel Miss Cymru, Courtney Hamilton with Alun Gibbard

The UK and Ireland 2012 Quick Reads titles are:
Full House, Maeve Binchy
The Cleverness of Ladies, Alexander McCall Smith
Quantum of Tweed: The Man with the Nissan Micra, Conn Iggulden
The Little One, Lynda La Plante
Beyond the Bounty, Tony Parsons
Amy’s Diary, Maureen Lee
Get the Life You Really Want, James Caan
Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels, Jacqueline Rayner

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