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Writer, Stannington Story Festival regular and long-time library friend, Samantha Priestley, has a new novel out at the end of March. Rose Villa is her fourth novel and is set in a village near Sheffield.

‘Rose Villa has held a curse in its bricks since 1843, and the Yorkshire village it stands in has held the secret of a murder since 1987.
‘Jonathan and Kirsty meet on Facebook twenty years after they last saw each other and Kirsty visits Jonathan in his home, Rose Villa, only to find the house has affected him, and he is no longer the person she once knew.’

STAND was formed in 2013 after Sheffield City Council announced its decision to close sixteen libraries (including Stannington) unless volunteers took them on. STAND was registered as a charity in 2014 and is funded by grants, donations and fund-raising activities. The library is run by a team of dedicated volunteers.