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Victoria Asquith,Gervase Phinn,Janet Woolley,Amanda Goddard.

Renowned local author and raconteur, Gervase Phinn gave an entertaining insight into the mechanisms of being an author and the benefits of a good read at an event to celebrate World Book Night.


Professor Phinn spoke for an hour and had an audience of around 80 people in stitches with his anecdotes and stories, recounting how he gathered information for his books, and how he carried a little black book to jot down amusing conversations he had overheard and how much literature meant to him.


Doncaster College Principal and Chief Executive, George Trow, and College Governor, Richard Farthing also attended the event that was hosted by Speaking Volumes Book Club, at the Learning Resource Centre, University Centre Doncaster, High Melton.


Three English degree students, Amanda Goddard, Janet Woolley, and Victoria Asquith, set up Speaking Volumes Book Club as part of their course.


Amanda takes up the story:


"We set up the book club, Speaking Volumes, to try and encourage reading for pleasure amongst our fellow students across campus and we ran the event at the Learning Resource Centre to celebrate World Book Night.


"We ran the event as part of our professional development module on our English Degree course at University Centre Doncaster.


"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 gift books in their communities to share their love of reading.


The 2012 World Book Night was celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany and USA and two and a half million books were handed out. It is hoped next year that many more countries will participate.


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