Cross and disappointed

Last year I spent a considerable amount of time in my local library. A very nice library in Bollington.

I led six workshops there for children for World Book Day.

I led a creative writing workshop for Adult Learners’ Week.

I presented awards to the children who’d completed the summer reading challenge.

I set up camp there for a day with the Roaming Roman Book Tour.

And since July have been running, every Tuesday evening, a writing group there.

On February 27th I attended a talk given by a local chap who’d self published his memoirs. The book’s called From Bollington To Zanzibar and is mentioned in this blog. I think it’s important to support these kind of things and people.

I was in the kitchen with my girlfriend earlier, flicking through my local rag. They covered this recent event and the article was in there (they’ve covered my events there as well).

The article said:

‘The first ever talk by a local author at Bollington Library featured a speaker better known for his firefighting escapades than his writing skills. But Graham Hibbert managed to keep the audience enthralled…’

Needless to say this is wrong and I am incredibly cross. I’m not the sort of person who wants his picture in the paper. I’m quite shy. I get extremely frustrated though, when people don’t do their jobs properly. This is lazy reporting and shows a complete lack of professionalism, competence and care on the paper’s and the reporter’s parts.

In any job I think there should be some kind of pride in doing it well. I feel especially strongly about it when it comes to the profession of writing – hardly surprising when that’s my profession. It deserves and demands respect.

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The above photo of me and a lovely class from Bollington Cross School was taken last World Book Day. I’ve included it as evidence.

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