Award-winning novelist Claire Fuller returns to her childhood library in Chinnor
Staff at Oxfordshire County Council’s Chinnor Library had the pleasure of welcoming home novelist Claire Fuller, who visited the library on 21 February.
Award-winning novelist Claire, who was born in Chinnor, visited the library to give an interview to local media. In celebration of her visit, the library put on displays showcasing her work and pieces of memorabilia dating back from when she was a member of the library as a child.
Claire talked of her fond memories spent reading books at Chinnor Library and has credited her experiences there as a significant influence in her decision to become an author.
Councillor Neil Fawcett, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Consumer Services, said: “It is marvelous to have Claire return to her hometown here in Oxfordshire to promote our libraries and instill a love of reading in children. It is also inspiring to hear that her own positive experiences of our libraries helped her become an author.
“I hope that her success can inspire young people across the county. Visiting a local library and using the wider services can have a profound positive impact on children later in life – as Claire attests. We want to encourage all young people in Oxfordshire to become library users – it is free, and there are no reservation charges for children.
“Our ambition for the service is embedded in our new proposed libraries and heritage strategy, which is open for consultation until 18 March 2022. More information is available on our consultation and engagement platform Let’s Talk Oxfordshire.”
Find out more about Oxfordshire’s libraries, including upcoming events, on Oxfordshire County Council’s website.
About Claire Fuller
Claire Fuller first began writing fiction at the age of 40 after many years of working in marketing. She was born and raised just outside of Chinnor before moving to Winchester to attend university where she now resides with her family.
Her four novels are Unsettled Ground (Costa Novel Award 2021, and shortlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction), the critically acclaimed Bitter Orange (longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award), Swimming Lessons (shortlisted for the Encore Prize, and Livre de Poche Prize in France), and Our Endless Numbered Days (winner of the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction). Her novels have been translated into 20 languages.
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