World Book Night fun in Birmingham

By on 21/02/2011 in Culture, News

Book lovers are in for a treat next month as Birmingham Central Library celebrates World Book Night with a fantastic line up of writers, storytellers and poets.

On Saturday March 5, two days after World Book Day, one million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.

To mark the occasion, three of the city’s best selling writers. RJ Ellory, Mike Gayle and Catherine O’Flynn will be joining readers and Birmingham’s book givers to celebrate books, libraries and reading.

Fee tickets for the Library Theatre World Book Night event (7-8.45pm) are available from the Box Office on (0121) 303 2323, via or in person at Central Library reception.

And the fun does not stop there as the event is followed by Saturday Night Reader on Chamberlain Square from 9-10pm.

Join Birmingham Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane, former Young Poet Laureate Matt Windle, storyteller Katrice Horsley and local writer Paul McDonald for an hour of storytelling, poetry, laughs and free books.

Birmingham City Council Cabinet member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, said: “World Book Night is a remarkable project, bringing together libraries, writers, publishers, booksellers and of course readers in a fantastic celebration.

“People all over the country will be celebrating World Book Night and these events mean there will certainly be plenty of fun here ion Birmingham.”


Notes to editors

  • World Book Night represents the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted in the UK and Ireland.
  • On Saturday, 5 March 2011, two days after World Book Day, with the full support of the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with libraries, World Book Day, the BBC and RTE, one million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.
  • The book give-away will comprise 40,000 copies of each of the 25 carefully selected titles, to be given away by 20,000 'givers', who will each distribute 48 copies of their chosen title to whomever they choose on World Book Night. The remaining books will be distributed by World Book Night itself in places that might otherwise be difficult to reach, such as prisons and hospitals.
  • The twenty-five titles were selected by a wide-ranging editorial committee, chaired by James Naughtie.  After looking through the list of titles, you can apply to become a giver on World Book Night itself.

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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