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Libraries NI invites everyone to join One Book NI campaign

Libraries NI has announced an exciting initiative One Book NI that aims to encourage as many people as possible from right across Northern Ireland to unite in reading the same book throughout October. 

One Book NI’s objective is to bring communities together by giving them a shared experience of reading. Whether in work or at home, One Book NI is all about coming together and starting conversations. 

The One Book NI chosen title is Turning for Home written by award-winning author Barney Norris. His first novel, Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain, was a Times bestseller, Turning for Home is his second novel and is a compelling, emotional story of family, human frailty, and the marks that love leaves on us.

Barney Norris
Every year, Robert's family come together at a
rambling old house to celebrate his birthday. Aunts, uncles, distant cousins - it has been a milestone in their lives for decades. But this year Robert doesn't want to be reminded of what has happened since they last met - and neither, for quite different reasons, does his granddaughter Kate. Neither of them is sure they can face the party. But for both Robert and Kate, it may become the most important gathering of all.

Jim O’Hagan, Libraries NI Chief Executive spoke of the initiative: 

“There is something very special about the idea of people from all communities across Northern Ireland coming together to share their love of literacy. Through One Book NI, Libraries NI is encouraging people to take a step back from their busy daily life and immerse themselves in a literary world.  I would invite everyone to take part including members of the community who may have yet to find their love of reading and those who have been away from reading for some time, to take this opportunity to begin again” 

Barney will undertake a four day visit of local libraries across Northern Ireland from
1 October hosting Meet the Author events and reading discussion groups.

Author Barney Norris said:

"'It's an honour to have my novel Turning for Home selected for the One Book NI campaign. Spending time in Northern Ireland meeting readers and talking about this story with them is all I could ever have wanted from this book, and I'm delighted to have this opportunity." 

For further information and to join the conversation, visit your local library or go online at
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