Suffolk Libraries is marking the first Suffolk Day (Wednesday 21 June) by reflecting on the role the county has played in influencing many well-known books and holding a Suffolk-themed writing competition.
Suffolk has a fine literary tradition, so we’ve put together a list of the best Suffolk-related titles, including The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald, We Didn’t Mean to go to Sea by Arthur Ransome and The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. We’d also like to draw attention to the county’s vibrant literary festivals which attract world-famous speakers, and the fact that several writers have made their home here.
Suffolk Day also coincides with National Writing Day and we’re celebrating both by launching a competition for local writers. You’re invited to submit your own Suffolk-inspired short story, essay or poem through our Suffolk Writes project. The best entries will be published in a library eBook compilation which people will be able to download for free from our eLibrary. Please see below for further information on what is required and how to submit your entry.
Haverhill Library are marking the occasion by holding special free family history sessions on Wednesday 21 June. Suffolk Family History Society’s Haverhill group will be in the library to help people find out more about their Suffolk ancestors. There are sessions from 2pm-3pm and 3pm-4pm and you can book in advance by calling the library on 01440 702638.
Alison Wheeler, chief executive of Suffolk Libraries, said: “We wanted to celebrate and support Suffolk Day and it seemed obvious that the best way to do this was to remind everyone of the literacy riches that our county has to offer. We’ve put together a small selection of the writers and scenes that are part of Suffolk’s literary heritage and we hope people will check out the list and rediscover some of these books at their library.
“We are very proud to have several fine writers who have made the county their home and are currently writing their own chapter in the county’s literary history. We also want to encourage the next generation of writers by inviting them to take part in our very own Suffolk Writes competition.”
Further information about the Suffolk Day writing competition:
- Entries should have a theme of Suffolk and can be short stories, essays or poems. They might feature a place in Suffolk, be inspired by Suffolk, or focus on what you love about the county.
- Entries should be no more than 2,000 words or 40 lines for poetry.
- Entries should be your own work and in submitting them you are agreeing to allow Suffolk Libraries to publish them in an eBook compilation which will be available for all library customers to download and read for free.
- We can only accept entries submitted electronically in a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also require you to fill in and attach a permissions form
- The deadline for entries is Monday 14 August.