James Patterson

Article by Billericay Gazette: Nutshell Studios at Barleylands Craft Village in Billericay has been awarded a grant from world-renowned author James Patterson.

Last year Mr Patterson, who is famous for his Alex Cross series, pledged £250,000 to independent bookshops to help them reach more children and invited applications.

Earlier in the month, Nutshell Studios found out its application had been successful and is now working on plans for a mobile bookshop to tour around the area's schools.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by shop owner Hazel Williams"]As a new bookshop specialising in children's books, we were keen to reach out to our local schools and community and so applied in this year's round of applications. On April 15, it was announced Nutshell Studios was one of a further 68 bookshops to benefit from this author's generosity. He also announced that he is increasing his funding to help even more bookshops. We are truly honoured to receive this grant and look forward to using it to create a mobile bookshop we can set up at local schools and communities so that we can take our love of storytelling directly to the children.[/quote]

Article and image by Billericay Gazette

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