Author visits Skegness to boost book campaign

Margaret Dickinson and Sue Ray
Margaret Dickinson and Sue Ray

A POPULAR Lincolnshire author stopped by a charity shop in Skegness last week to help build awareness of their current book campaign.

Fans got the chance to meet and greet Margaret Dickinson at Oxfam in Lumley Road on Friday where she signed a number of her books.

The branch in Skegness launched a book donation drive earlier this year to help boost vital funds and Margaret stopped by to support their current Book Fest week running from July 2 to 17.

The drive was part of Oxfam’s national appeal which had a target of more than three quarters of a million books.

During last year’s drive, 750,000 books were donated to Oxfam shops across the country in three weeks, smashing the original 500,000 target.

The branch in Skegness has now been revamped into a specialist Oxfam book shop but will still continue to sell a small amount of bric-a-brac and clothing.

Sue Ray, Skegness Manager, speaking last Friday, said: “On Saturday we will have a specialist book section categorised into different sections making the books easy to find.

“I am sure we could even have a dedicated section to our local author, we could have photos and information too.

“We are still looking for more volunteers for the rest of the shop and the new book department and if anyone would like to get involved then they can just pop into store or go onto the Oxfam website.”

Margaret Dickinson said: “We’ve sold a few books today (Friday).

“The new department is a great idea and I am sure it will make the books easier to find.”

Margaret’s latest novel, Forgive and Forget was released earlier this year and takes the reader on a journey with Polly Langden as she battles though the typhoid strife which hits her home city of Lincoln.

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