Friday, 24 April 2015

World Book Night

Last night I organised a special event in my local micro-pub to celebrate World Book Night. I was delighted that four local authors - David Donachie, Sarah Grazebrook, Stephen Bates and Anstey Spraggan - were able to join me to share their love of books and also to read from their work and to answer questions from a lively(!) audience.  

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.
It was something of a leap in the dark as I'd never arranged anything like it before, targeted at drinkers who wouldn't usually read. But as it turned out it was a great success. It could even be the start of a regular Beer and Books evening...

2 comments:

Parrish Lantern said...

popped over by following the next blog button & it looks like you had a great WBN, I've also joined in with this with my daughter & we both have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although not in a Micropub, which is an idea I'm considering stealing for next time.

Paul Curd said...

Cheers, Parrish. It was a little nerve-racking as several of the regulars decided to leave before we kicked off because they didn't want anything to do with a 'book club'. But those who stayed enjoyed it, and they were joined by plenty of others who came for a beer and stayed for a book! It was a great evening...