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Notts celebrities backing Carlton charity book sale

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Some of Nottingham’s biggest names are showing their support for an annual charity book sale taking place in Carlton later this month.

Nottingham-born poet and hit TV writer Henry Normal has accepted an invitation to cut the ribbon to officially open this year’s ExLibris Charity Booksale – which begins on Friday, April 28.

Normal, who was behind TV hits The Royle Family and Gavin and Stacey, has also written a poet especially for ExLibris – who organise the sale each year.

The poet is back in the area for the Nottingham Poetry Festival, and to also sample a new beer which the Castle Rock Brewery are naming after him.

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City music icons Sleaford Mods have also shown their support for the sale by donating signed copies of their albums which will be raffled off during the event.

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People browse for books at last year’s event in Carlton

Each year the event, which takes place at a house on Vernon Road, raises thousands of pounds for local good causes. Proceeds this year will be shared between Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum’s anti-destitution project and Sneinton-based School for Parents.

Last year’s sale raised a staggering £2,023 and this was shared between Hayward House (Nottingham Hospitals Charity) and Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum.

ExLibris volunteers are members of the Federation of Masked Booksellers, and wear masks whilst bookselling. Anyone arriving wearing a mask to the event can claim a free raffle ticket.

Chris Cann, who is one of the organisers from ExLibris, said: “It is a great honour that Henry will open the book sale and that he has written a poem especially for ExLibris”

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The ExLibris Charity Booksale will take at 16, Vernon Avenue over two consecutive weekends beginning on Friday, April 28.

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