Talent goes on the buses

Ian Beesley (left) and Ian McMillan in a mobile library in Gregson Lane
Ian Beesley (left) and Ian McMillan in a mobile library in Gregson Lane
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A new collaboration between a rural touring company and Lancashire’s mobile library service is bringing bite-sized arts experiences to small rural neighbourhoods.

Spot On Lancashire have teamed up with the county’s mobile libraries to take some of the artists from their autumn season of programming on the road to pop up in rural communities.

Swedish folk singer and storyteller Rosa Rebecka will be travelling to Banks in West Lancashire on Thursday, November 6 in a mobile library ahead of her performance at Whalley Methodist Church on Saturday, November 8.

The following day, performance poet Dommy B will be popping up throughout the day in another mobile library outside schools in Chipping.

The concept was thought up by Spot On Scheme manager, Sue Robinson. She said: “Mobile libraries are about taking books to people who find it hard to access the building based services. Spot On is about touring theatre to people who struggle to reach urban venues. We do the same job. It seemed natural to team up and put artists on a library van. It works and we’ve had some wonderful moments.”

The project has already seen poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan travel to Gregson Lane with Ian Beesley ahead of their show Magic Lantern Tales.

For more information about the mobile libraries tour or for details about Spot On’s autumn season of programming visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk, or call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360.