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World Book Night


When: Saturday 23rd April, 2016
Where: Various Locations around the UK and the World

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23rd April, Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death. It sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who do not read regularly or own books. In 2012 and 2013, World Book Night was celebrated in the USA as well as the UK and Ireland and almost 50,000 people gave away a million books in three different countries.

Founded in 2012, the event is now run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers. This year’s event will be the sixth celebration and it will bring together a collaboration of national partners - publishers, printers, distributors, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations - to inspire more people to read.

On 23rd April there will be a special gala evening starting at 7:00 pm at the British Library in London, beginning with a stellar panel of authors and other guests. Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of last year's Sunday Times bestseller The Last Act of Love will chair the panel featuring World Book Night authors past and present, including Matt Haig, Dreda Say Mitchell, S. J. Parris, Holly Bourne and Sathnam Sanghera.

The gala evening then continues with a 'Late at the Library' event with special guests, performance, music and food and drink in the entrance hall and entry to the exhibition Shakespeare in Ten Acts.

World Book Night gala celebration at the British Library details:

Ticket Price: Full Price: £20.00; Senior 60+: £16.00; Student: £14.00; Registered Unemployed: £14.00; Friend of the British Library: £14.00
For Enquires: call +44 (0)1937 546546 or write to boxoffice@bl.uk.
To book a ticket: 

The list of the 15 books for 2016 includes big-name authors such as Matt Haig, Jonathan Coe and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, as well as new names like Holly Bourne and bestselling crime author Sarah Hilary. In a new initiative for 2016, publishers will be encouraged to give out copies of their own stock on Friday 22 April within their neighbourhoods.

In addition to the event in London, “World Book Night” will host regional events at public libraries nationwide. Hundreds of other giveaway events will be happening all over the country and will be announced and promoted on the World Book Night website.

For more information, please visit: http://worldbooknight.org


Written by Alessandro Volpino


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