Bream Community Library


March 2017

Winners of our Poetry Competition are…



Well done to all our poets!!

Here are our winners:

Adult Category:

1st Prize: Lesley Moffat

2nd Prize: Rachael Boucker

Junior Category:

1st Prize: Ewan Shakeshaft

2nd Prize: Isobel Eisel


New Books!!!

Easter acitivities flyer

Bream Cenotaph Listed

Volunteers from Bream Community Library have successfully applied to historic England to have Bream Cenotaph listed as a site of historic interest. The volunteers submitted an application to Historic England, and after careful consideration, the Minister for the Department of Media, Culture and Sport made the Cenotaph a grade 2 listed building.

Historic England are listing war memorials as part of their centenary commemoration of World War 1 and Bream Library volunteers researched the history of Bream Cenotaph for the listing application. Spokesman for the group, Paul Stephens-Wood said the works of local Bream historians kept by the Library had greatly helped uncover the history of the monument. He also praised the work of Phil Morton and the Family History Society for researching the biographies of all those commemorated on the Cenotaph.

The volunteers hope that other war memorials in The Forest will also become grade 2 listed buildings to help preserve and protect them for future generations. They will be happy to share their knowledge with any individual or group that wants to apply to Historic England for their local war memorial to be included on the list. They can be contacted at Bream Community Library via their webpage.


Want to know what happens at Build Club?

That blue car is THE prize that our brave builders are working towards. I do not use the word brave lightly – any idea what they have to build to win that prize?

Here is some idea:

They need to build the Lego Technic Helicopter as well as take out and read books every week to earn points towards winning THAT blue car.

If that helicopter is too rich for your blood there is still the normal Lego to build with 🙂



A Readers Review – A fraction of the whole

One of our readers has sent us her review of a book she borrowed from Bream Library. You can find it on our adult fiction shelves.

This is a very funny book that had me laughing out loud at some parts, and also left me quite heartbroken.

If you love Australian humour then you will love this book which I literally stumbled across in Bream Library. I had never heard of the book, or the author before -although it was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2008.

It’s quite a tale, an epic achievement. Although its 711 pages long its one of the best comic books I’ve read; just wonderful prose and intelligently constructed.

The Amazon UK website describes the book:

From his prison cell, Jasper Dean tells the unlikely story of his scheming father Martin, his crazy Uncle Terry and how the three of them upset – mostly unintentionally – an entire continent. Incorporating death, parenting (good and bad kinds), one labyrinth, first love, a handbook for criminals, a scheme to make everyone rich and an explosive suggestion box, Steve Toltz’s A Fraction of the Whole is a hilarious, heartbreaking story of families and how to survive them.

Dagger in the Library Longlist


The Longlist

The longlist of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been officially announced, based on nominations received from 175 libraries across the UK and Ireland, including Bream’s – and now we’d like to get you, and your readers, involved once again.

Here is the longlist:

  • Alison Bruce

  • Andrew Taylor

  • Brian MacGilloway

  • Chris Ewan

  • C J Sansom

  • James Oswald

  • Kate Ellis

  • Mari Hannah

  • Nicola Upson

  • Tana French

Reading Group material is available from all of the nominated authors on The Reading Agency’s website, Reading Groups for Everyone, for a particular novel that each author has chosen, and there is also an opportunity for readers and librarians to rate the books.

Feedback received from reading groups via Reading Groups for Everyone will be a major factor in the judges’ decision as to who should proceed to the shortlist and the eventual winner. So all you have to do now is get reading – and rating.

Visit to find out more.

If you need further information, please email

Reading more in 2017!

The Reading Passport

Social media, political changes and financial unrest have been cultural standpoints so far in the ‘Teenies’. In a fast moving decade there has also been a move towards remembrances of things passed. In our final review for The Reading Passport we will look at a novel of whaling in the northern seas. This gripping story, though, is certainly not nostalgic!  Ian McGuire – The North Water (2016)

The North Water by Ian McGuire

The pages of this novel are metaphorically dripping with blood. Sailors skin polar bears and club seal cubs. A sea captain shoots a mutineer in the head and a surgeon operates on an abscessed stomach releasing a torrent of fetid pus. This is not a book for the faint-hearted! Nor is it a book for those sensitive to bad language. There is swearing on almost every page. It is a story of a doomed Nineteenth Century whaling voyage: a voyage into the heart of darkness. The whole cruel and bloody business of whaling is so well researched that the language gives the tale an formidable reality.

The story opens violently. Drax, a brutish harpooneer kills a Shetlander and rapes a boy. Its clear when he joins his ship, The Volunteer that there will be trouble ahead. The Volunteer, owned by Baxter and captained by Brownlee, employs Patrick Sumner, wounded in the siege of Delhi, as the ship’s surgeon. He claims he wants six months’ work before he comes into property in Ireland. Shadowy motives and histories thicken around the crew of the Volunteer. Already there are rumours of risk: Brownlee has previously captained the Percival, “crushed to matchwood by a berg” with the loss of 18 lives and not a sixpence made by any of the surviving crew. And yet Baxter has now given Brownlee the Volunteer. An unlucky ship attracts unlucky and desperate men. As the story develops the men not only kill wild beasts, but also each other in a morally dead universe isolated in the treacherous northern seas.

The North Water is a fast paced and gripping tale written in a smoothly readable style with sublime descriptions of the Arctic landscapes. If you can stomach the blood and brutality, and the bleak vision where lives mean nothing, then you will find this a novel a convincing and compelling achievement.

If you enjoy The North Water you might like to read McGuire’s novel “Incredible Bodies”, a sordid and hilarious tale of sleeping on the job, sexual confusion, and terrifying departmental secretaries.

Ian McGuire lectured in American Literature at the University of Manchester, where he now teaches creative writing.

World Book Day

Bream Primary School visited the library today, all dressed up and looking up absolutely brilliant!



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