Bromsgrove's corner of England is crowned the best

Published Thursday, 21st May 2015

Bromsgrove Library will celebrate winning the national Engel's England library competition with a visit by the author himself, Matthew Engel, next month (June).

The author will join staff and customers at the Stratford Road branch on Saturday, June 6, at 11am. It follows the announcement that the library had beaten off stiff competition to be crowned winners, closely followed by runners-up Gloucestershire Libraries and Barrow Library.

The competition was organised by national charity The Reading Agency in partnership with Profile Books to celebrate the release of Matthew Engel's latest publication, 'Engel's England'.

The book depicts Engel's adventures as he travels around the country exploring England's heritage and culture - and seeking out the essence of each county.

Libraries nationwide were tasked with decorating an area of their building to represent their 'corner of the country'.

Bromsgrove Library staff created a 3D collage display that depicted the rich history and essence of Bromsgrove and Worcestershire.

The display grew day by day using items from the library collection as well as those kindly donated and lent by loyal customers, families and friends.

It was very much an interactive community project and is continuing to generate interest from members of the public.

Karen Brodie, Head of Publisher Relations at The Reading Agency, said: “Engel’s England inspired libraries and readers across the country to celebrate the unique qualities of their localities. Bromsgrove Library engaged its community in designing a fantastically creative display of the town's history and achievements. Bromsgrove Library is a worthy winner.”

Profile Books' Marketing Manager, Flora Willis, said: “At Profile we were really impressed with the effort that went into Bromsgrove’s display. Its intriguing detail and idiosyncrasies made us really want to visit the area and find out more about its local culture – which is exactly what we hope Engel’s England will do for readers. Bravo, Bromsgrove!”

As well as the visit from Matthew Engel the prize package includes signed copies of his book and personalised T-shirts for staff.

Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, Lucy Hodgson, said: "All the staff deserve a massive thank you for their contributions to our 'corner of England', in particular Library Customer Advisor Pat Tansell who worked tirelessly to source the diverse items on display.

"It's fantastic that their efforts have been rewarded with this win, which is a real achievement considering the nationwide competition and is also a testament to their pride in the library and the county."

Anyone wishing to attend the author event on June 6 can book their free ticket via Bromsgrove Library on 01905 822722.