Phinn-tastic book event

SPECIAL GUEST: Author Gervase Phinn with the founders of the Speaking Volumes Book Club based at the University Centre Doncaster, (L-R) Victoria Asquith, student, Gervaise Phinn, Janet Woolley, student, and Amanda Goddard, student.

SPECIAL GUEST: Author Gervase Phinn with the founders of the Speaking Volumes Book Club based at the University Centre Doncaster, (L-R) Victoria Asquith, student, Gervaise Phinn, Janet Woolley, student, and Amanda Goddard, student.

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Renowned author and raconteur Gervase Phinn gave an entertaining insight into being a writer at an event to celebrate World Book Night.

Professor Phinn spoke for an hour to around 80 people recounting how he gathered information for his books and how he carried a little black book to jot down amusing conversations he had overheard.

The event was hosted by the Speaking Volumes Book Club - a group set up by English students Amanda Goddard, Janet Woolley and Victoria Asquith based at the University Centre Doncaster in High Melton.

One of the founders, Amanda, said: “We set up the book club Speaking Volumes to try and encourage reading for pleasure amongst our fellow students across campus.

“We had approximately 150 free books to give out on the night as well as a free prize draw and we hope this will become an annual occasion to celebrate this fantastic event that is raising awareness of the importance of adult literacy.”

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers give books out in their communities.

This year’s World Book Night was celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany and USA as two and a half million books were handed out.

It is hoped next year that many more countries will participate.