Keynsham writer Gail makes her publishing debut in new book Unchained

Published on: 07 Dec 2013

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A Keynsham writer has made her publishing debut as part of a project to celebrate Bristol library service’s 400th anniversary.

Gail Swann is a member of Bristol Women Writers, a group which has produced a collection of short stories and poetry with a library theme. The book is called Unchained, a reference to the city’s first library in King Street where the books were chained.

Gail said: “Thankfully since then books have become more accessible to everyone. Whether the books are housed in wonderful historic buildings such as Bristol Central Library, or in cramped temporary accommodation as now in Keynsham, libraries of all shapes and sizes continue to play an invaluable role in our communities.”

Gail, who fits writing around her full-time job and family, said the project had challenged the contributors in many different ways. She said: “Some of us are keen to develop the ‘writers unchained’ concept further in the future, perhaps offering dynamic workshops on various aspects of writing. The new library will be a great space to hold writing events and I would love to facilitate something like this in Keynsham, unearthing – or unchaining – some of that local writing talent!”

Profits from the sale of Unchained will go to the National Literacy Trust, which works to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The book is on sale at Church’s newsagents in Keynsham High Street  and is also available from www.tangent books.co.uk or from Amazon.

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