This programme is no longer running.

Launched in 2010, the Bookbite programme encouraged people over 60 to discover new authors and genres, to try a range of creative writing activities and to interact with others online to share stories and book reviews.

Bookbite group

Bookbite was designed to encourage those who rarely or never read books to engage more in reading and writing for pleasure, using the internet to access additional resources when possible. Writers including Val McDermid, Pam Ayres and Andrew Motion contributed to a magazine, with 100,000 copies distributed into people's homes via charity WRVS and 175 other organisations including Age Concern and local library services. The magazine and website included short stories, a writing club, advice on researching family history and quizzes.

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