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‘Hillsborough Voices’ celebrates World Book Night at Skelmersdale Library

The author of a book which tells the story of the Hillsborough disaster will be appearing at Skelmersdale Library to mark World Book Night.

Author of Hillsborough Voices, Kevin Sampson, and survivor and former Skelmersdale resident Damian Kavanagh, will be at the free event from 7pm to 8.30pm on Monday 24 April.

The evening will involve Kevin reading extracts from the book, and Kevin and Damian discussing the book and issues surrounding the disaster.

Hillsborough Voices, published in May 2016, features a collection of first-hand accounts about the disaster from Liverpool Football Club players, survivors, bereaved family members, campaigners, politicians and medical professionals. The book also describes the consequences of the tragedy and the following campaigns for justice.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “It is important to have these first-hand testimonies in print as a legacy for future generations.

“This book is an accurate account of what happened at that football match, and what occurred afterwards. I really hope that as many people as possible will go along to support the event.”

Kevin Sampson, added: “I’m delighted that this event is being held to celebrate World Book Night, in a library. Hopefully it will encourage more people to read the book at grass-roots level.

“My modest aim for Hillsborough Voices is that, every time somebody reads the book, every time we discuss it in public, every time someone borrows it from the library or gives a talk in school, each of those moments reclaims a piece of the truth for posterity. For me, this is part of the function of history – that future generations should be able to have proper access to reliable accounts.

“These are the stories of the people who were actually there on the day, and were directly affected by what happened.”

The book has been published in association with the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

Places are limited to attend the event so booking is essential. You can book a place by calling in at Skelmersdale Library on Southway, emailing Skelmersdale.library@lancashire.gov.uk or by ringing 0300 123 6703.

Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.

For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries. Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.

World Book Night takes place on Sunday, 23 April.

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