Launching a free books scheme for Cambrian Line train passengers

Passengers traveling on the Cambrian Line will be invited to escape into a good book this autumn as the Books Council of Wales and Cambrian Railway Partnership join forces to offer free books to travellers and help the miles speed by.

This pilot programme with the Cambrian Railway Partnership, which will run throughout autumn and winter, celebrates the Books Council’s Quick Reads scheme, which offers a series of short, engaging books for readers of all tastes and reading abilities. Books will be available to collect at Aberystwyth and Machynlleth stations, for readers to either borrow and return either end of their journey, or to keep and continue reading at home.

Angharad Wyn Sinclair, Project Development Manager at the Books Council of Wales said: ‘We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Cambrian Railway Partnership on this exciting pilot, introducing the Quick Reads titles to passengers and enriching their journeys with a good read! Taking some time out with a book as you travel is a great way to explore the world from the comfort of your train seat.’

Stuart Williams, Chair of the Cambrian Railway Partnership said: ‘We hope our customers will enjoy the books in the Quick Reads scheme, which can be easily picked up from displays in the ticket halls at both Aberystwyth and Machynlleth train stations, thanks to this new partnership with the Books Council.  Train journeys can provide an opportunity to switch off for a while and we hope that this scheme will help our passengers get more out of their train journeys.’

This year’s four new titles are available through the scheme, as well as titles from previous years.  The two new Welsh language titles are Dau Frawd, Dwy Gem: Stori’r Carabangos by Dylan Ebenezer, and Un Noson, by Llio Elain Madocks. The new English language titles are Return to the Sun by Tom Anderson, and The Replacement Centre by Fflur Dafydd.

The Quick Reads series is perfect for readers who may struggle to find the time for reading or who may be less confident in their reading abilities. Typically less than 100 pages long, the Quick Reads titles are designed to offer readers a short, engaging read – perfect for helping passengers make use of some downtime on their journey. Quick Reads is coordinated in Wales by the Books Council of Wales and supported by the Welsh Government.