Celebrity Authors and Family Fun lined up for St Athan Community Library Launch

21 March 2017

author-collage-st-athanReadings from five acclaimed children’s authors are set to be the main attraction at the St Athan Community Hub and Library (SACHaL) ‘grand launch’ on Saturday 1 April 2017.


BBC Wales television presenter Lucy Owen will be performing family readings in both English and in Welsh from her new children’s book “Boo-a-bog in the Park”.

Wendy Hobbs, author of the Claudia Quash stories, Anthony Lavisher, author of the Storm sequence of fantasy novels, Michelle Briscombe, author of Silent Mountain and The House on March Lane, and Phil Carradice, author of Hannah’s War and many other titles, will also be reading at the event. 

BBC broadcaster, novelist and historian Phil Carradice will be acting as master of ceremonies throughout the day which runs from 11am to 5pm.

Wendy Hobbs said: “"I am delighted to be invited to the grand launch of St Athan Library and am looking forward to meeting the children and reading The Spell of Pencliff and Claudia's Special Wish. Magical adventures for all ages!” 


The launch event will also see the unveiling of new library logo designed by pupils at St Athan Primary School.

 St Athan Library

Music will be provided by two traditional Welsh harpists. The Primary School Choir will also sing and the popular RAF Voluntary Junior Band will play. 


Graham Mallaghan, Chair of Trustees of the SACHaL charity, said: “St Athan Library has long been a much loved resource at the heart of our community. 


“In our day of friendraising on April 1 we want to show that this vital relationship will not only continue, but grow stronger, now that the library has passed into the people’s hands. 


“We want everyone to know that the library is here for them, and that it will collaborate powerfully with other local organisations to serve the common good. 


“On this day the community organisations of St Athan will start to demonstrate the benefits of co-production.”


More information on the programme for the day can be found at