Between the lines

27th February 2004 at 00:00
TES books editor Geraldine Brennan on the inside literary track

Dorrith M Sim, who joined the Kindertransport from Nazi Germany aged seven, is a Holocaust survivor living in Scotland's biggest Jewish community, in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow. Her story is among those that appear in the online Holocaust Remembrance project set up by the library service (www.eastrenfrewshire. gov.ukholocaust).

The site features an entire children's picture book by Mrs Sim, In My Pocket, which describes her journey and adjustment to a new life. Visitors can also browse artwork from three high schools and nine primaries and view an online exhibition about the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

East Renfrewshire's project is one of three shortlisted for the Libraries Change Lives award, alongside Essex libraries' mobile service for traveller families (TES, February 20) and Dumfries and Galloway's Get a Life online creative writing project for 10 to 14-year-olds. Get a Life was set up in after-school and holiday sessions as part of the library authority's Be Websmart campaign, which promotes safe and responsible internet use. The winning project will receive a trophy and pound;4,000 prize money from Poet Laureate Andrew Motion at the Library and Information Show in April, which sponsors the award with the librarians' professional group Cilip. The two runners-up will each receive pound;1,000.

Get away to west Wales at 3pm next Friday, March 5. If you can't manage that, tape it. Children's books illustrator Jackie Morris punctuates work in her studio with long walks around St David's in Pembrokeshire, finding settings that make their way into her books. In Radio 4's Ramblings series next Friday, she visits the deserted village that inspired The Seal Children, to be published by Frances Lincoln in June.

Bath Literature Festival, which opens tomorrow, offers not only creative writing events (there are still places on workshops on biography and ghost-writing; others including "Getting Published" are sold out) but a session on Creative Reading (of poetry, that is) led by Philip Gross on March 3. Catch Friday columnist Raj Persaud in conversation with Minette Walters on March 7 and check out the Writing in the Family mini-series, which features novelist (and Teacher contributor) Ad le Geras and her daughter Sophie Hannah. Tickets: 01225 463362; www.bathlitfest.org.uk.

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