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Scottish Author Visits Springfield villages for World Book Day

7th March 2023

Springfield Properties hosted special events for literary-loving residents at its Bertha Park, Perth and Dykes of Gray, Dundee development to celebrate World Book Day 2023.

Bertha Park, which was recently named Development of the Year 2022 and also won a prestigious UK wide award recognising its gold standard sustainability credentials, and Dykes of Gray, which has also won a national award, are designed with community in mind. The events brought together local residents for an elegant ‘cheese and wine’ evening that offered the chance to socialise with neighbours through a shared love of books.

The events also featured a reading from renowned Scottish author Sara Sheridan, from her best selling novel The Fair Botanists, which was named Waterstone's Scottish Book of the Year 2022. Sara opened the floor to questions after her reading, with all attendees receiving their own copy to take home, gifted by Springfield. 

The events culminated in the exciting reveal of the new ‘Little Library’, a fully weather-proofed outdoor store that can hold around 30 books for each of the villages communities. They offer a community exchange service, where people can take part in a simple, free to access, community book swap.

Springfield Properties has installed a number of books in each library to begin the collection, including The Fair Botanists, and is encouraging local residents to contribute spare books to increase the breadth of reading material available.

Springfield Community Engagement Coordinator, Megan Black, said:

“At Springfield, supporting the communities we build in is key to our new developments, and events such as these offer the opportunity for residents to come together through common interests. 

“World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of books and reading and we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for a neighbourly get-together to unveil this quirky new community facility. 

“Our self-sustaining little library is completely free for all to use, and we look forward to hearing what stories have been shared together within our community.”