Collecting Conversations in a Lancashire library

Monday, October 29, 2018

A writer who recently self-published her debut book will visit a library next month.

Sam Bunch will be at Rawtenstall Library in November for a special free event.

Sam will be talking about her book, 'Collecting Conversations', speaking with visitors at the event and signing copies of the debut book.

Collecting Conversations is about ordinary people sharing everyday thoughts. It was inspired by Sam's personal grief of losing her mother and then her father. Her feelings of loss lead to Sam to writing and then publishing her own book.

After her mother's death, Sam found her diaries. Even though the entries were relatively routine, she found herself fascinated by the insight in to her mother's life. This inspired Sam to interview 100 women aged from 30 to 90 and ask them a set of 18 questions. The book is split into two sections. The first is Sam's own story, about her family, her own life and her experiences of dealing with grief.

The second section includes the answers of the 100 women who were interviewed. There are also places at the end of each section for the reader to answer the questions themselves.

It is free to attend the event at the library, but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance.

The event will take place at Rawtenstall Library on Saturday 3 November from 2pm to 3.30pm.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "This looks to be a very interesting read.

"I hope that people go along to the event and take the opportunity to meet the author.

"I hope that the debut novel goes well."

Sam was born in Read, Burnley, and now lives in Clapham.

Tickets for the event can be booked by calling in at the library or online at

For more information about the event, phone 0300 123 6703, or go to

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.


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