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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