Charity to benefit from county writer's stories

AN award-winning Yorkshire writer is among a group of well-known authors to donate a short story to Oxfam in a bid to fight global poverty.

Kate Atkinson, whose first novel scooped the Whitbread book of the Year award, will join 37 other UK authors in donating stories to Oxfam’s Ox-Tales.

Kate lived in Whitby for a number of years after being born in York before moving to Scotland, where she now resides.

Other writers featured in the four volume work include Joanna Trollope and Helen Fielding.

The Ox-Tales series is part of Oxfam’s first annual Bookfest which runs until 18 July and see hundreds of venues across the UK celebrating the nation’s love of books.

The charity says the event, which also includes a valuable books promotion and book review competition in Harrogate, aims to fight poverty through reading.

Keith Wighton, Oxfam’s area manager, said: “During Bookfest, we want people to donate to and buy from their local bookshop so they can really see the impact that buying a book from Oxfam can have on the lives of poor people around the world.

“Oxfam sells 1.6m of books a month – enough to buy 50,000 emergency shelters, safe water for 2.1m people, or 64,000 goats.”