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Middleton Library News Our Author of the Month for December is Joyce Carol Oates. Joyce Carol Oates was born on 16th June 1938 in Lockport, New York. Oates is a Professor of Humanities with t he Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978. At the beginning of her education, Oates attended the same one-room school her mother attended as a child. She became interested in reading at an early age, and remembers Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as "the great treasure of my childhood, and the most profound literary influence of my life.” Oates won a scholarship to attend Syracuse University and received her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1961. She then had her first book, With Shuddering Fall, published in 1963 and has since published over fifty novels, as well as many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her novel them (1969) won the National Book Award, and her novels Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), and Blonde (2000) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Frequent topics in her work include rural poverty, sexual abuse, class tensions, desire for power, female childhood and adolescence, and occasionally the supernatural. Violence is a constant in her work, even leading Oates to have written an essay in response to the question, "Why Is Your Writing So Violent?" For more information on the author and her works, visit

At the December meeting of Middleton Reading Group, we discussed books on the theme of ‘women at war’. Our next meeting is on 16 th January 2012 and we’ll be discussing our ‘Secret Santa’ novels. As usual, the group will meet from 6-7 pm here at the library. New members are always welcome to join us. Our free monthly Family History Advice Surgery continues to be popular, and we are grateful to Les, a member of the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society, for the time he gives to provide expert advice to anyone requiring extra help with their family research, including guidance in using the Ancestry website, available free in libraries across the borough. The December surgery at Middleton will take place on the Monday 12 th, and the next surgery will take place on Monday 16 th January 2012 from 2-4 pm. There’s no need to book - just drop in. Please ask for details of Family History Advice Surgeries held at other libraries in the Middleton area. If you are an absolute novice when it comes to computers, or you want to build up your basic skills, come along to our free weekly Go On computer sessions every Monday evening 6-7pm. Places are limited so please call in to the library or ring the number below to reserve your place. With our free and easy computer courses, you can get to grips with computers and the internet at your own pace, and our friendly staff will be on hand to help along the way.


Our popular weekly storytimes take place at the usual time of 2pm. All young children and their parents or carers are welcome to join us for stories, rhymes and a simple craft activity. The sessions are very informal, usually lasting no more than 30 minutes. Other storytimes in the Middleton area take place at Langley Library on Thursdays at 11.00am, and Thursdays at Alkrington Library, 2.15pm. If you are unemployed, looking for work or struggling to find a job, Langley Library Work Club can provide free professional help and advice. The support and resources you need to get you back into employment is available to you for free every Friday, 1.30-3.00pm. For more information contact Langley Library on 0161 654 8911, or just come along – there’s no need to book. We are located in the Children’s Centre on Windermere Road, next door to Bowlee Park Primary School. The 21st November marked the beginning of Get Rochdale Reading Week, a unique week of special events designed to bring literature to life. The week was held to promote the Maskew Collection at Rochdale Central Library, a collection set up with a bequest left by former Rochdale Library users Annie and Frank Maskew, to be used on English literature, philosophy resources and events to ensure classic works are available for future generations. Poems and pints both went down well at the Poetry In t’Pub evening on the Monday, where dialect poetry, folk songs and limericks were the order of the evening. Other highlights included The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company who entertained the audience with street style lyrics and rhythms, and the Living Literature Day which comprised of medieval music and games, a look at the 18th and 19th century Georgians and 1950s Jive Dancing.

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Bill Keeth asks: ‘Can you afford NOT to buy this book?’ THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY As regular readers of Chadderton Life will recall, news of the publication of Billy Hopkins’ latest book, Big Mama, was featured in this year’s June/July issue. Big Mama is Billy’s eighth book. And his fans will remember, too, that it belongs to ‘a completely different genre’, as the author himself puts it. For whereas his earlier books relate ‘the story of the Hopkins family’, Billy’s latest fictional creation is ‘a political thriller which takes place in a fictitious country’ on the African continent, It is for this reason, of course, that Billy’s brave publisher deserted him. Whereupon, Billy self-published the book, as indeed he had once upon a time self-published his debut novel, Our Kid. SELF-PUBLISHED

The upshot of this was that he ended up with a 1,000 copies he needed to sell – but having self-published, of course, he was strictly on his todd when it came to getting Big Mama out into the public domain by placing it in the major book stores and libraries nationwide. A daunting task! Nevertheless it was a task which Billy accepted in good part, one of many dates on his prospective itinerary being an intended visit to Middleton scheduled for September last . . . DOCTOR’S ORDERS

But it was at this juncture Billy Hopkins’ doctor made a brief, but ominous, appearance – and utterly forbade such an arduous project on the grounds that, best-selling author though he may be, Billy Hopkins is all of 83 years of age (remember) and must (under pain of possibly immediate physical decline) stop behaving as if he were nobbut a spring chicken. Or words to this effect. Which meant no visit to Middleton. (Sob!) Or anywhere else, for that matter, save for leisure pursuits. Which, in turn, saw Billy Hopkins with several hundred books left on his hands. AT A LOSS

Luckily, Billy had shifted a fair number of his print-run, so his expenses in the matter were more or less taken care of. But forbidden to sell the remaining copies on (and entreated by fans not to dump them) he still had a garage full of books and was momentarily at a loss as to how to dispose of them. But mindful of his three tours of duty as a teacher training college lecturer on the African continent, Billy then began to cast about for a UK-based charity with an African connection which would put the spare books to good use. GIFT TO LOCAL CHARITY

Enter Brian Jinks, a locally-based semi-retired builder, Catenian and Rotarian, who has a commitment of long-standing to a charitable foundation in Uganda* that is bereft of the most basic medical supplies. Having flown out to assist at his own expense on several previous occasions, Brian, accompanied by three likeminded associates, is at present planning to take 4 wheelchairs out to Uganda in the New Year. And it will be Billy Hopkins’ kind donation of several hundred autographed copies of Big Mama which, it is hoped, will finance this expedition. TRANSPORTATION

Each wheelchair weighs 25kg – a weight identical to the normal luggage allowance KLM permits each passenger to carry by air to Kampala. So, by arrangement with the airline, Brian Jinks and his three companions will each forego his personal luggage allowance. Instead of luggage they will each take a wheelchair. Meanwhile, it is their intention during the week they will be away to wear just the clothes they stand up in plus a solitary change of clothing contained in their hand luggage.



Meanwhile, Brian Jinks and his three companions are hopeful that the autographed copies of Big Mama they have to hand will finance the purchase of the 4 wheelchairs – and possibly other medical necessities at a later date. All Brian needs is for the people of Chadderton to rally round him this Christmas by purchasing these copies of Big Mama at a bargain price. COST

Big Mama was originally priced at £11.99 per copy. So readers will be pleased to learn that the autographed copies of Big Mama, which Brian Jinks has for sale will be on sale at only £5 each from 1 December. (Repeat, £5 each.) This is surely the best bargain, bar none, readers are likely to hear about this Merry postMillennial Christmas and Happy New Year. So where can you get hold of your

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Gingerbread House Recipe Ingredients

1-2 hours preparation time 40 mins cooking time Makes 1 Gingerbread House

300 g butter 125 g caster sugar 125 g brown sugar 225 g treacle, or golden syrup 725 g plain flour 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 3 tsp groundginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon Icing for the gingerbread people 175 g icing sugar 1-2 tbsp boiling water ‘Glue' icing for the house 2 egg whites 500 g icing sugar Decoration for the house hundreds and thousands chocolate buttons dolly mixtures, silver balls, etc

Preparation method 1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with baking paper. 2. Melt the butter, caster sugar, brown sugar and treacle in a large saucepan. 3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon together, add the melted butter and sugar mixture and stir well until it comes together like sticky dough. 4. On a floured surface flatten the dough into a 2cm thick round, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. 5. To make the gingerbread boys and girls: Roll the dough on a floured surface to 5mm thick. Cut out 6 or 8 shapes using boy/girl cookie cutters, transfer to the prepared baking trays and bake in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. 6. To make the icing: Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the water a little at a time, beat until you have a spreading consistency. Using a palette knife dipped in hot water, spread the icing over the gingerbread shapes. Spoon the icing into a small piping back to add details such as faces or hair. Leave to set. 7. To make the gingerbread house: To make the gingerbread house, first make templates using the dimensions shown to the right. 8. Place a piece of parchment on a work surface dust with flour and roll out a quarter of the remaining dough to 5mm thick. Place one of the paper templates on top and with a sharp knife cut around. Repeat the process with the other templates using the remaining dough and rolling up the trimmings – until you have a front and back wall, two side walls and two roof panels. 9. Carefully move the pieces on their baking parchment to baking trays and bake for 12 – 15 minutes. Remove the trays from the oven and allow stand for a few minutes to firm up. Cut out a door on the front wall and windows on the side walls and reserve the cut-out pieces for later. Place on a wire rack for a few minutes, then turn over and peel off the paper and allow to cool completely.


Gingerbread House Recipe 10. To make the icing ‘glue’: Place the egg whites and sift in the sugar, stir to make a thick, smooth icing. Spoon into a piping bag with a small star-shaped nozzle.. 11. To assemble the house Pipe generous lengths of icing along the vertical edges of the gingerbread walls. Using a bowl to support the walls from the inside – prop up the walls and hold the sides gently in place with your hands until the icing is dry. Leave the roofless house to dry for at lease 30 minutes until the icing is set. 12. Once dry remove the supporting bowl and pipe a line of icing along one long side of the roof piece and along the top edge of all the walls. Stick the two roof sections at an angle and set the two pieces on top of the house. Leave to dry for 30 minutes. 13. While the roof is drying attach the door to the doorway with icing so it looks slightly ajar. Stick a small piece of ‘flake’ chocolate into the roof as a chimney. 14. Pipe icing around the windows and stick sweets around the door and on the front of the house. To make icicles start with the nozzle at a 90-degree angle to the roof and squeeze out a pea-sized blob of icing, pull the nozzle down and then pull away leaving a pointy trail of icing. 15. Using the icing stick the chocolate and sugared buttons on the roof to make tiles and the gingerbread boys and girls around the house, scatter the board with sugar strands.

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