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Issue Date:- 7 April 2008


FICTION fans will have the opportunity to meet bestselling women writers at the 2008 Orange Broadband Readers’ Day hosted in Liverpool.  The special one day event at The Bluecoat on Saturday 19 April will see a stellar line up of some of the UK’s most exciting literary and cultural female figures gather to celebrate the 2008 Orange Broadband Award for New Writers.

Kate Mosse, best-selling author and Honorary Director of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, will join Philippa Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl), Lionel Shriver (We Need To Talk About Kevin and The Post-Birthday World), Bel Mooney (Daily Mail Columnist, Big Dog Bonnie and The Invasion of Sand), Shami Chakrabarti (Director of Liberty) and Clare Allan (Poppy Shakespeare) for an afternoon of book discussions and creative workshops.  Shami Chakrabarti and Clare Allan, judges of this year’s Orange Broadband Award for New Writers, will also be discussing the 2008 shortlist.

The Readers’ Day has been organised by Orange, The Reading Agency, Liverpool Libraries, Time to Read, The Reader and the Bluecoat. 

The Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, established in 1996, celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing. Recent winners include Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006) and Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005).  Launched in 2005 in partnership with Arts Council England, the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers celebrates potential and emerging female writing talent.

Previous winners are Diana Evans who took the inaugural Award in 2005 for her debut novel, 26A, Naomi Alderman who won in 2006 for Disobedience and Karen Connelly who took the award in 2007 for The Lizard Cage.

Tickets for the event are £10, or £8 concessions, which includes a book goody bag to take home. Tickets can be purchased from the The Bluecoat box office at School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX 0151 702 5324 and online at It is recommended to book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and Orange Broadband Award for New Writers visit


CALLING all Sunday League footie fans; if you’ve lost all hope of reaching the cup final, don’t despair! The season’s most prestigious title has just been launched and you’ve got until 25 April 2008 to get your hands on it.

Forget points won and goals scored, the team with the best goal celebrations, the dodgiest club name or even the laziest coach could be in with a chance of being crowned WKD’s Sunday League Team of the Year.

As well as the title of the UK’s ‘Most WKD Sunday League Team of the Year 2008’, the winning team will also get their hands on a brand-new football kit, £2,000 cash, a season-long profile on the WKD website, and the people at WKD are even throwing in a year’s supply of the lovely stuff.

As long as every player is over 18 years old, any teams which thinks it has what it takes to be WKD’s Sunday League Team of the Year should email  them with a short description of why, along with supporting photos and video clips by Friday 25 April 2008. The best entries will be showcased on the Nuts website  and the winning team will be featured in Nuts magazine on 27 May 2008.

Mersey Ferries gives a services update about the Pier Head

THE Mersey Ferries services will be moving temporarily to the new Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal from 10am on Monday 7 April
2008.  Usual commuter services will be unaffected on Monday morning.  The move comes because Mersey Docks and Harbour Company are planning to move the Pier Head pontoon closer to the new ferry terminal and carry out works on the Isle of Man Landing Stage.  Access to the Cruise Liner Terminal will be via the Isle of Man Landing Stage footbridge.  The temporary Pier Head ticket office on Canada Boulevard will remain open.  Customers with season or return tickets will not need to get boarding passes as long as they show their valid ticket.  A Merseytravel spokesperson said:- “Unfortunately, we have no alternative but to accept these requirements of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company. We hope we will only have to operate to and from the Cruise Liner Terminal for about four weeks, but we will keep passengers informed of work as it progresses.”

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