Since it began in 2011, World Book Night has given away books to over 2.25 million people, focusing on reaching the 35% of the population who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure. I was one of many volunteers across the UK who gave away 250,000 copies of 20 specially printed World Book Night titles last night.
As well as being St George’s Day, yesterday was also the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and his death, and the anniversary of the birth of Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. It’s also the day, in 1374, when Edward III granted Geoffrey Chaucer a gallon of wine daily for the rest of his life. So what better place to celebrate than in a pub!
|Anstey Spraggan, David Donachie, Steve Bates, Sarah Grazebrook and yours truly.|