World Book Night

Wednesday 23rd April is a big day in the literary calendar: a day for celebration, not only of Shakespeare’s birthday, but also World Book Night. It’s hard for those of us  who love reading to imagine a life without books


But for some reading is an alien occupation.

  • World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books. It sees passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading with people who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure or own books. It is run by The Reading Agency – the charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance to become a reader. Because everything changes when we read.
  • In the UK 35% of people don’t regularly read despite reading for pleasure being a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health.
  • World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading – or are yet to gain it – to pick up a book and read. Line by line, paragraph by paragraph until they too have discovered the power of reading and the opportunities in life that reading can open the door to.

One of the aims of World Book Night is to encourage communities to put on events to celebrate the joys and benefits of reading. To help celebrate World Book Night, I’ve been invited by Evesham Library to give a talk on Wednesday evening on my books, reading and writing. World Book Night is a wonderful idea and I’m looking forward to the event.


I’ll also be at Warndon Library, near Worcester on Friday morning to join in their celebrations. Are you celebrating?







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  1. Debbie Young says:

    Well done, Lindsay, great post. I have been a supporter of World Book Night since it was launched, and I’m still surprised at how few people have heard of this fantastic cause. I’m thrilled to have been accepted as a Book Giver again this year – I’ve been one every year – and will be giving away Nora Roberts’ “Black Hills” this year. The scheme offers a really wide range of books to give away, something for everyone, and I’ve previously given non-fiction and YA fiction. I’m not taking part in a library event, but I will be speaking on BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s mid-morning discussion panel on Wednesday, and flying the flag for World Book Night there. Good luck with your events and have fun!

  2. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Debbie. How lovely that you’re a giver-awayer. Good luck, also, with your radio event. Perhaps this year will be the year more people find out about World Book Night

  3. Brilliant. I think there are probably a lot of people who want to read but feel there isn;t time in their lives. Let it in! Something like this lets them see there are lots of people who might feel the same and who need to be given permission to allow themselves time and opportunity.

  4. Lindsay says:

    Perhaps if you don’t acquire the habit of reading when you’re young, Becky, it’s harder when you’re older to allow yourself what might be seen as a luxury. For me, it’s a necessity!

  5. Polly says:

    So many events going on this year – we’re spoiled for choice – excellent 🙂

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