St Helens welcomes home Frank Cottrell-Boyce for library take over

St Helens Libraries, in partnership with arts organisation Heart of Glass, welcomed home esteemed writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce for two events as part of the Cultural Hubs arts-in-libraries programme.

Frank delivered two free public events in St Helens libraries during National Libraries Week as part of the Heart of Glass Take Over Festival, with readings for ages 16 plus, adults and families at Rainhill and Eccleston libraries from his popular books including Millions and Sputnik’s Guide to Life – soon to be a Dreamworks film.

Frank, who was born in Rainhill and educated in St Helens, has written television episodes for Coronation Street, Brookside and Doctor Who and contributed to movie screenplays including: Forget About Me, Butterfly Kiss, Welcome to Sarajevo, 24 Hour Party People, The Revenger’s Tragedy, and Millions. In 2012 he wrote the opening ceremony for the London Olympic Games, which referenced St Helens’ town motto ‘Ex Terra Lucem’, from the earth comes light.

In 2004, Frank wrote a book for children based on his own screenplay ‘Millions’, which won the 2004 Carnegie Medal. His other works include Cosmic, The Astounding Broccoli Boy, Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth and several Chitty Chitty Bang Bang novels.

Cultural Hubs is funded by Arts Council England and delivered by St Helens Council’s Library Service, which is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Photo – Frank presents at Rainhill Library, with the event British Sign Language (BSL) supported.

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