Best-selling author John Connolly gave an Uckfield audience an insight into his Charlie Parker series of books last night (April 21).
He spoke at Uckfield public library having earlier in the day visited Uckfield Community Technology College.
Mr Connolly chatted with people at the end of the talk and signed copies of his latest book, A Time of Torment – the 14th in the series.
14th book in Charlie Parker series
He described Uckfield as a “lovely town” before giving an insight into his writing, touching briefly on all 14 books in the Charlie Parker series.
All good fiction is character driven, he said, revealing that he never started writing a book where he knew the ending.
Mr Connolly answered a number of questions from the audience.
Sally Parsons, principal library officer (north area), told UckfieldNews.com that having authors coming into libraries was something the service did.
Reward for customers
“We are about offering people reading choices; exciting people about the spoken word.
“In some ways it is a reward to our customers. It also attracts other people to libraries,” she said.
Seeing and hearing an author speak was a great way to get people enthused in reading.
Mr Connolly has being doing work with the performing arts group Spiritus at UCTC and had arranged a visit to see the students.
Ms Parsons had been in contact with Mr Connolly over obtaining copyright clearance for a reading from one of his books and he offered to come to the library and give a talk.
She added: “We are incredibly lucky to have John Connolly. If a number one best-selling author offers to come and give you a talk, you don’t say no. It’s great for the people of Uckfield that you can hear an author like that in your local venue.”
Ms Parsons explained the modern role of libraries.
They had always been a huge part of people’s learning, people re-skilling as well as being there for the ordinary reader.
Bridging the digital divide
“We are getting hugely involved in bridging the digital divide which to an extent is going back to our roots when the libraries were in the technical institutes.
“We are helping peope with job hubs, with my work space, filling out job applications and CVs. We have volunteers to help people do anything they want to on a computer and on top of that we have baby bounce and rhymes sessions to involve the little ones and get them confident in libraries.
“We are here for information. We do bus passes, Blue Badge forms. Libraries have always done this sort of thing but we are becoming very much the heart of the community . . . and of course we still do books, including e-books,” she said.