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Local authors invited to apply for Crawley Author Fair

Local authors are invited to take part in Crawley Library’s third annual Local Author Fair.



This year’s event takes place on Saturday 19 October from 11am – 1.30pm.

The fair gives local talented authors the opportunity to book a stall, network with other authors, see their work promoted on screens in Crawley Library and meet with members of the public.

The event will also have a number of other things for visitors to do, including:

• a competition for all ages (adults included) that will get authors and the public chatting about books,
• activities for children,
• a talk by local teen author Eve Ainsworth on her route to publication.

Jacquie Russell, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“It is great to see that the Local Author Fair is back at Crawley library this year.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for authors of any type of book – including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books – to network with other like-minded individuals; something that isn’t always easy to do in this profession. So if you’re a local author, Crawley library are looking for people like you to take part.”

Last year, authors said “the day was wonderful” and a “welcoming laid back experience”. In particular, they mentioned that they enjoye sharing their experiences with fellow authors, widening their professional network and spreading word of their books.

The fair is taking place as part of ‘Talk About Reading’ month, a countywide initiative that encourages people from across West Sussex to come together and share their love of books and reading.

Events will be held across the county during October to celebrate great books and authors.

If you are a local author interested in joining the Local Author Fair, you can book a stall for £20 by registering on Eventbrite:


Trainee officers visit Crawley to gain insight into faith communities

Greater knowledge and understanding of all the communities the force serves enables officers to more effectively engage and serve the people of Sussex.



Sussex police trainees visited the Sikh Gudwara (top left), the Crawley Islamic Masjid (top right) and the the Apple Tree Hindu Temple (bottom)

That’s why Multi-faith Day has become a regular part of police officer training, giving new recruits an opportunity to gain a greater insight into various faiths and cultures

More than 70 trainee police constables visited the Apple Tree Hindu temple, the Sikh Gudwara and the Islamic Centre & Masjid in Crawley last week where they met community members and found out more about their religions and ways of life.

Trainee PC Matt Seekings, who will join the Brighton and Hove policing team in November, said:

“It was a really enjoyable day and a great opportunity to meet with people of various religions and cultures and ask questions in a safe respectful learning environment.

“We found out how we can best serve and engage people of their faith and carry out our duty with maximum respect and minimum disruption. For example, if we were dealing with a sudden death or delivering the death message.”

“We as the police are here to serve the public interest and we can only do that effectively if we know, understand and respect the differences and diversity of our communities.”

As part of the cultural experience, the 72 trainees and their trainers also took part in meals – and in some cases, rolled up their sleeves and helped wash the dishes.

“We were really touched that volunteers at the Sikh Gudwara had got up early and cooked a meal for a group of 80,” said Matt. “So we wanted to pay them back by helping out with the dishes.”

Bharat Lukka of the Apple Tree Centre said:

“The Hindu community was pleased to welcome the trainee officers and help them build an understanding about Hindu culture and the community here in Crawley. It’s reassuring to know that these trainees are there to help and engage with our communities.”

Shahid Zaman, Education Secretary of the Crawley Islamic Centre & Masjid, said:

“It was a pleasure to host the officers. We look forward to continuing to organise similar events in the future.”

Davinder Kaur Ghundale of the Siri Guru Singh Sabha Sikh Gudawara, added,

“If this has made a difference to at least one officer and their interactions with the Sikh community, then it is a job well done.”

Chief Superintendent Jayne Dando, Race Equality Champion said:

“Sussex Police works hard each and every day to engage with our diverse communities. We liaise with a number of Interfaith Networks and our Prevention Teams have strong local contacts.

“Offering this Multi faith day as part of training is just one of the ways we enhance and ensure our officers understanding of the communities they serve across the county. It also enables us to understand community concerns and build strong relationships.”               

The 72 trainee officers will join their policing teams across the county in early November.

Interested in joining Sussex as a police officer? They are currently recruiting for new PCs. Deadline is 19th September. Apply on Sussex Police website

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