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Book Launched for World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day, we're launching our very own book - Scary Short Stories.

The book features a series of spine-tingling short stories, written by talented pupils from Jones Memorial Primary School and residents from The County Care Home. It was part of an intergenerational Halloween Story Swap project organised by Nuala O'Toole from The Kindness Postbox.

The Story Swap was launched on October 9 when the pupils from the school were provided with story prompts and asked to write the first half of the story. The following week, the stories were brought over to The County, so the residents - with support from activities and well-being co-ordinator Karen Healey - could finish the stories. The Kindness Postbox then transcribed them.

The residents and pupils got together just before Halloween for a 'Tea, Tales and Tunes' event where they heard the completed stories for the first time. Staff at Sanville Group then transformed the stories into a book, ready to be launched today on World Book Day.

Nuala, from The Kindness Postbox, said: "A huge thanks must go all our authors, young and younger. The stories these two groups have brought to life are incredible, spooky, uplifting, funny and creative. It truly has been a privilege to be allowed to capture and share these stories that have spanned the generations."

Caroline, the home manager at The County, said: "We are so happy with our 'homemade books'. Short stories are a favourite here at The County, and we'll no doubt be reading these for years to come. We love working with the schools as part of our care home activities programme and we're looking forward to our next story swap. We've a bookshelf to fill!"

Hard copies of our books are available to read in The County. You can also download your own copy by clicking on the front cover below. Happy Reading!

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A fantastic initiative. Well done all involved.

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