Do you love books? Join the club

Council staff Lindsay Matthews, Jenni Coulter and Ashleigh Doherty read the books shortlisted for the first meeting of Newtownabbey Book Club in Ballyclare Town Hall on September 10. INNT 35-520CON
Council staff Lindsay Matthews, Jenni Coulter and Ashleigh Doherty read the books shortlisted for the first meeting of Newtownabbey Book Club in Ballyclare Town Hall on September 10. INNT 35-520CON

A new book club which is due to start next month in Ballyclare is sure to get people talking about literary classics and best-sellers.

The Newtownabbey Book Club, which will meet for the first time on September 10 in Ballyclare Town Hall, is for anyone who enjoys reading books and meeting new people.

The group will meet every second Tuesday of each month to share, discuss and review the book of the month, which will have been allocated at the previous meeting. Members will take it in turns to suggest the next book to be read and copies will be available for everyone on a ‘read and return’ basis.

Jenni Coulter, the council’s Business and Development Officer for Arts and Culture, explained: “Book clubs have become extremely popular in recent months and they are a great way for people to share their thoughts and opinions on books and meet like-minded people.

“The group will meet in the Dorsten Room in the Town Hall, which is perfect for creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for everyone to chat, have a cuppa and share their opinions.”

The first book to be read will be decided by an online vote on three books that have been shortlisted - ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn, ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop and ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett.

Anyone wanting to cast a vote for one of the shortlisted books should do so by logging on to www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/arts before September 3.

Newtownabbey Book Club costs £2 a month. Price includes tea and coffee.

To book a place, or for more information, telephone Jenni Coulter on 028 9034 0037 or email jcoulter@newtownabbey.gov.uk

Meanwhile, a series of arts and crafts courses and workshops are due to start at Ballyearl Arts on September 16.

A one-day flower arranging workshop will take place between 10am and 4pm, while 10-week courses in soft furnishings, tapestry and embroidery, and general art will start on the same date. Log on to www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/events for full details.