2014 Events

 

National flagship events

Regional flagship events

Other events around the country

Running your own World Book Night event

 

Library of Birmingham

 

National flagship events

Ben Aaronovitch, Matt Berry, Kerry Fox, Matt Haig, Adele Parks, Caitlin Moran and James Rhodes have so far all been confirmed to headline our World Book Night flagship events in London and Birmingham on 23 April 2014.

In a glittering celebration of the written word, audiences will be treated to exclusive readings and performances from some of our most celebrated authors, actors and musicians. Letters Live on World Book Night, which we're presenting in association with Canongate and the Southbank Centre, will include letters being read by an impressive line-up including Adele signing books compressedCaitlin Moran, James Rhodes, Matt Berry and Kerry Fox with more to be announced.

The second flagship event will be held at the Library of Birmingham, a major new cultural destination that is rewriting the book for 21st century public libraries. Bestselling authors Ben Aaronovitch, Matt Haig and Adele Parks, who all have books chosen for the World Book Night 2014 list, will take part in a special evening of World Book Night live readings.

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency, who run World Book Night, says: "World Book Night is one of the highlights of the year for us and for all our partners; this year it promises to be more exciting than ever. All over the country people are coming together to celebrate and share their love of reading. The generous tradition of volunteer book giving inspired and supported by publishers is being extended this year to include community book givers all of whom will give away a book of their own to inspire someone in their community to love reading. We hope that this, together with the events taking place in libraries across the UK, will ensure that 23 April is an evening we will all long remember; the night when many more people realise that everything changes when we read."

 

 

Regional flagship events

In addition to London and Birmingham, we'll be hosting 13 high-profile regional flagship events at public libraries countrywide.

East of England

Tuesday 22 April, 6pm, Norwich Millennium Library, free event

'Poetry on Prescription' with William Sieghart. The evening will also include a community choir singing local folk songs and an open mic for local storytelling

Contact: Sarah Salmon on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01603 774707.

Scotland (Glasgow)

Wednesday 23 April, Glasgow Mitchell Library

Author Karen Campbell will be visiting HMP Barlinnie. The library will be hosting an evening of book giving and an author reading.

Contact: Dawn Vallance on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 01412 872840

Scotland (Edinburgh)

Richard Wiseman

Wednesday 23 April, Edinburgh Central Library

Evening with 59 seconds author Richard Wiseman. This event is now SOLD OUT but contact Annie to be put on the waiting list.

Contact: Annie Bell on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 242 8046.

North West England

Wednesday 23 April, 6pm, Manchester Central Library

Poet Tony Walsh will host evening. He and poet Steph Pike will talk about the World Book Night titles and perform some poems. There will also be a performance from Manchester band The Slow Readers Club.

Contact: Danny Middleton on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0161 234 1056

South West England

Exeter library staff will be taking to the street of Exeter gifting books to the public as they pass through Exeter Central Railway Station. Watch out for some special World Book Night themed flashmob dances performed by students from Exeter College.

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South East England

Wednesday 23 April, 7pm, Woking Library, GU216EP, free event

Thumbnail image for James Peter Peter James, Salley Vickers and Nicholas Owen will be performing and helping to spread the joy of reading. There will also be music from the Royal Grammar School Guildford string quartet, storytelling with Pat Ryan and a free art workshop with Art Matters.

The event is free but you can book tickets via the Surrey libraries website.

Contact: Kay Hadwick on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07816 452388

Follow Surrey Libraries on twitter for up to date information.

Yorkshire and Humberside

Wednesday 23 April, Pickering Library, 'Rediscover the Magic of Reading!'

Thumbnail image for Linda GreenFor One Night Only film screening of chick flick with wine and chocolates. The author Linda Green will be reading and taking questions.

Contact: Heather French on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01609 536125

East Midlands

Wednesday 23 April, 7pm, Worksop Library, Free Event 'Girls' Night Out'
In Association with Writing East Midlands

Top fiction writers Kerry Young and Emma Lannie will talk live on stage about the books we love. So get the girls together and join us over a glass of wine for books, chat and laughter - the perfect ingredients for a girls' night out.

Call 01909 53 53 53 or visit the library website for more information.

West Midlands

Wednesday 23 April, The Hive, 'Library Circuits for Beginners'

The Hive will be hosting a free sports-themed evening with its very own sports circuit around the Hive, including some very special guests and a silent disco!

MEET Robert Llewellyn from Red Dwarf, cyclist Rob Penn and plenty of local sporting heroes!

BECOME a warrior with the Worcester Warriors, take on the indoor rowing challenge with Worcester Rowing Club or dance the night away with Worcester Racecourse!

TAKE ON 'The Hive 2014 - World Book Night Games' and WIN prizes including tickets to sports events, annual film club memberships, free DVD rentals, free books, free Hive goodies and much more...

Contact: Ruth Foster on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01905 766233

North East England

Wednesday 23 April, 7pm, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN

Local author David Almond will be speaking, young Reading Activists will be sharing some of their favourite reads and there will be book readings, a quiz and book giving by Edition Book Givers and Community Book Givers.

Contact: Chris Myhill on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0191 4338420

London

Wednesday 23 April, Glass Mill Leisure Centre, 41 Loampit Vale, Lewisham, SE13 7FT

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Lewisham will be hosting its World Book Night party in shiny new Glass Mill Leisure Centre directly opposite Lewisham Rail and DLR stations. This brilliant free night of spoken word and book championing will feature the World Book Night author Dreda Say Mitchell (Geezer Girls), as well as writers Sarah Mussi, Nadeem Masood and Sheila Bugler. The book-loving café on site, Rhubarb and Custard, will host a community book swop and sell healthy snacks and drinks through to full sit-down meals. The event is free to attend. 8pm start.

Contact: Alan Morrison on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0208 314 8027

Wales

Wednesday 23 April, Prestatyn Library

There will be two free events:

'Monsters in the Library' 6 until 7pm: an event for families with Dr Who writer Mark Wright, author of Who-ology. Come in costume as a Doctor or a monster - the best dressed family will win a set of Dr Who books (courtesy of BBC books!). Design a new Doctor Who monster or alien - bring your drawing or model - prizes to be won!

'Murder in the Library' 7.30pm: Dagger Award winning crime authors Margaret Murphy and Cath Staincliffe lift the lid on a life of crime.

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Northern Ireland

Verbal Arts Centre, Derry
7pm - 10.30pm
A host of local authors will be giving readings, and acclaimed writer Carlo Gebler will be taking part in a special Reading Rooms event at 7pm . Authors taking part include Bernie McGill, Kenneth Gregory, Brian McGilloway and Jennifer Johnston.
Some Lagan authors will be reading online and on screens in the foyer, WB Yeats will be brought to life with online readings in the library and the café will be open for refreshments. It is a totally free event and there will be lots of free books to be given away as well as a book swap shop happening in the cafe.

Take a look at the libraries' own websites for more details of the flagship events and check at your local library for further World Book Night events.

 

 

Other events around the country

 

In addition to our 13 regional flagship library World Book Night events, libraries, arts centres and individuals around the country are organising events to celebrate books and reading. Here are just some of the events we know about.

South West England

There will be a World Book Night Book giveaway and speed book dating event at The Hayridge in Cullompton on 23 April at 7pm. This event is free.

Nathan Filer will be talking about The Shock of the Fall at Bristol Central Library on 23 April. Tickets cost £3.

Coleford Library is hosting a Bollywood Extravaganza on 23 April between 10am-12pm. Drop in for free books, Indian poetry and storytelling, as well as activities including Indian Head Massage and Henna Tattoos!

Join the World Book Night party at Hamworthy Library! On 23 April from 7pm, bestselling historical novelist Maria McCann talks about her new book Ace, King, Knave, Poole High School students share their work, and you can take part in the bookswap. Book you free place by phoning 01202 262449 or email Poole Libraries.

There will be a World Book Night Swap Shop on 23 April at the Cafe at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Littlemoor, Dorset from 10am-12pm, and then at Littlemoor Library from 2-5pm.

Swindon Central Library will be celebrating World Book Night on 23 April from 7.15pm. Join them for book giving, poetry, a quiz and more! If you are a book giver, come along and tell us about your chosen book. For more details contact Leon Flower via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Dorchester Library and Learning Centre are holding a World Book Night Book Swap for all ages on 25 April from 3 until 6pm and 26 April from 10am until 1pm.

Cornwall College St Austell will be giving away World Book Night books on 23 April from 12pm to visitors in the Cloisters restaurant, Evolution Hair and Beauty Salon as well as from their main reception. In partnership with them, St Austell Library will also be giving away World Book Night books from 5pm on 23 April. To celebrate the event, St Austell Players are holding a World War 1 evening at the Library from 7pm with World War 1 poetry, diary readings and a one act play When the Ball is Over. Tickets for this event are free of charge and can be obtained from St Austell Library.

The Friends of Wool Library are holding a World Book Night Quiz and Ploughman's Supper (bring your own drinks) on 25 April. Doors open at 7pm and the quiz starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 from Wool Library or Hardy's Estate Agents.

The Trevelyan Arms in Goldsithney are holding a World Book Night event on 24 April at 7pm. There will be a book giveaway of five different World Book Night titles, and you can meet award-winning children's author Chris Higgins on the night.

The Rose and Crown in Larkhall is having a World Book Night Speakeasy on 23 April from 8pm. Entry is free and there will be poetry, tall tales, stories and guest performers.

South East England

Thumbnail image for the riot.jpgWelwyn Garden City Library will be holding an event on 23 April at 7.15pm with author Laura Wilson talking about her fifth DI Stratton novel The Riot. Tickets are £5, concessions £3, and can be booked at the library or by calling 01707 281533

The Book Shop in Lee-on-the-Solent will be holding their annual literary event on 23 April from 7 until 9pm. Local authors Celia Leofsy, Bryan Dunleavy and Christine Lawrence will be attending and there will be lots of special offers, freebies, nibbles and triple Local Loyalty Card points on the night. Like The Book Shop on Facebook for more information.

To celebrate World Book Night Theatre Royal Brighton inviting 16 to 19 year olds through their Stage Door to take a look at the hidden areas of the theatre, listen to stories of its 207 year history and to take home a free copy of one of the World Book Night edition titles. Tours are free and will run at 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm and 5.30pm starting from the Stage Door on Bond Street. For more information visit Theatre Royal Brighton on Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Three World Book Night givers from Milton Keynes will be giving books away at Wetherspoons, 201 Midsummer Blvd MK9 1EA from 7.30pm and they're happy for other givers to join them. Email Margaret McCulloch-Keeble on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to go along.

To commemorate the centenary of World War 1 High Wycombe Library is hosting an event with Elizabeth Speller, author of At Break of Day and The Return of Captain John Emmett, who will be in conversation with the chairman of the Western Front Association, Nigel Crompton. There will also be a reading by Poet Laureate for Milton Keynes Mark Niel and the evening will feature a unique display of World War One artifacts on loan from The Wycombe Museum. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked online in advance.

Celebrate World Book Night at Books for Free at the Third Age Centre, 11 Cranbury Terrace, Southampton on 23 April from 6pm. There will be poetry, crafts, nibbles and over 3000 books being given away!

Portsmouth Central Library are hosting a World Book Night literary quiz on 23 April from 7.30pm. It is free to attend, and soft drinks will be provided. There will also be a book swap on the night.

Chichester Library are holding a World Book Night event on 23 April from 7pm. Award-winning local author Isabel Ashdown will be discussing her latest novel Summer of '76. The event is free, but spaces are limited. Find out more by calling 01243 777351 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jubilee Library are holding a World Book Night event on 23 April from 5pm until 6pm. Bestselling crime writer Lisa Cutts will be reading from her DC Nina Foster novels Never Forget and Remember, Remember. The event is free and no booking is required.

Cafe@172 on Rochester High Street are having a World Book Night celebration on 23 April from 7pm. There will be goody bags for the first 18 people to attend, as well as coffee, cake and book swapping.

London

The-FLAVOURS-OF-LOVE-HB-654x1024.jpgDorothy Koomson and the Woolwich Singers will be at Woolwich Centre Library on 23 April, 5.30 til 8.00pm, to celebrate World Book Night. Dorothy Koomson will be talking about her recent release The Flavours of Love from 5.30pm until 6.45pm. Then there will be the book gifting followed by a performance from The Woolwich Singers Choir singing from 7.00pm - 8.00pm. Call 0208 921 5718 for free tickets.

At 6pm at Eltham Centre Library on 23 April there will be an awards ceremony for the Eltham Arts Short Story Competition. The library will staying open until 8pm for book-gifting. Call: 0208 921 3452 for free tickets.

Join Wembley Library to celebrate World Book Night and Shakespeare's birthday with pop-up Shakespearean theatre, booking giving, a quiz and music. 23 April, 5 until 8pm. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 8937 3500 for more details.

Nepalese author Prajwal Parajuly will be at Pimlico Library to discuss his critically acclaimed new book, Land where I Flee on 23 April from 6 until 7.30pm. Places can be booked by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or calling 020 7641 1856. Refreshments will be provided.

Kensington Central Library will be holding a World Book Night event on 23 April, from 6pm-7.30pm. To celebrate, Max Décharné will be reading from his book Capital Crimes: Seven Centuries of London Life and Murder. The library will be open until 8pm especially for this event, and refreshments will be available.

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Libraries are celebrating WBN and Cityread London together with a free event in Hampton Library on 23 April at 7.30pm. Author Louise Miller will be talking about her book A Fine Brother: The life of Captain Flora Sandes, the only Western woman to enlist as a soldier in WW1, this Englishwoman became a heroine and a media sensation when she fought for the Serbian Army and pursued a distinguished career in its ranks. Free event - booking essential

London Loveiosa, the London chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, are holding an event at Paddington Train Station on 23 April from 3.30 to 10.30pm. There will be lots of World Book Night titles to give away as well as other donated books.

There will be a free books giveaway and refreshments at Shepherd's Bush Library plus the chance to see the library's very own rickshaw complete its journey from Shepherd's Bush to its home at Hammersmith Library, distributing free books along the route! Also at Shepherd's Bush Library, Corttia Newland will be talking about his books from 5 until pm, followed by a Q&A session. Drinks and refreshments will be available.

Paddington Library is hosting Emily Winslow on World Book Night. Emily will be talking about how reading has shaped her life and signing copies of her book, The Start of Everything. World Book Night books will also be given away and free refreshments will be served throughout the evening. 23 April, 6 until 8pm.

Hillingdon library service in partnership with the arts service is hosting a World Book Night event starring the comic poet John Hegley. There will be refreshments and live poetry in Lounge at the Winston Churchill Theatre from 6pm and John's performance begins at 7pm. Tickets cost £4 and are available from Manor Farm library. Some tickets will be available on the door. This event is suitable for all adults and children aged 11+.

Litro will be hosting the first of its Litro Live! Events for 2014 with The English-Speaking Union at Dartmouth House, Mayfair to celebrate World Book Night. Glen Duncan, Emma Jane Unsworth, Charlie Hill and Maia Jenkins will be there and Naomi Foyle will be hosting her book club read, Astra. There will be musical performances from Lucinda Belle and Benin City. Tickets are available online and cost £10 (or £7 for ESU and Litro Members, £6 for students). For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0203 371 9971.

The Friends of Sutton Library will be celebrating World Book Night with an informative historical talk by Siobhan Clarke at Sutton Library, 7pm, 23 April. Tickets cost £3.50 (£2.50 for Friends of the Library) and are available from all Sutton Libraries.

Green Street Library in Newham will be staying open until 7pm on 23 April to celebrate World Book Night. Join them for book gifting and a free programme of events.

The Laban Theatre in Deptford are performing Reading with Bach, a meditation on the act of reading with a live violin score inspired by Bach. There will be a number of books given away on the night courtesy of Picador. It starts on 23 April at 7.30pm, and tickets are £15 (£10 concessions), find out more at: www.trinitylaban.ac.uk or call 020 8463 0100

Join the Lambeth World Book Night celebrations at Clapham Omnibus on 23 April at 7.30pm. Author and playwright Alex Wheatle will be hosting, and will perform from his play Uprising. For more information contact Clapham Omnibus

Queen's Park Library are celebrating World Book Night with Real Life Ghost Stories, a teen-only event in Kensal Green cemetery. If you are aged between 11 and 18 years old, contact the library on 020 7641 6200 to reserve your free ticket. There will be a free book and refreshments, and you can find out about the amazing residents.

East of England

Ipswich Got To Read are having An Evening of Storytelling, with free books, tea, coffee and a raffle. Join them at Castle Hill Community Centre, 23 April, 7.30 until 9.30pm.

At Niche Comics and Bookshop, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire there will be refreshments, free books to new readers and a book swap between 7 and 9pm. Contact Adam on 01480 412315 for more details.

Kesgrave Library are holding a Cookies and Bedtime Stories event on 23 April from 6pm until 7.30pm. There will be snacks, stories, activities and some World Book Night books to give away.

City College Norwich are celebrating World Book Night on 23 April from 10am until 1pm in the Start Up Lounge. Poet Julia Webb and author Lesley Smith will be attending, and there will be a range of World Book Night titles to give away.

West Midlands

Writing West Midlands, Dudley Libraries and West Midlands Readers' Network have teamed up to organise a World Book Night quiz in Dudley Library on 23 April from 7pm until 9pm. There is a nominal charge of £2 per person, payable on the night, in cash. There will be drinks available. To book your place email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0121 246 3083

rivers of london.jpgFrom 23 April onwards Stafford will have a new book club. The club will be meeting for the first time at The Swan, Stafford and will be discussing World Book Night title Rivers of London. The club hopes to use World Book Night to engage people who wouldn't normally be able to attend a day time book club, or who haven't been a member of one before. Find @staffsbookclub on twitter or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

There will be a World Book Night quiz at Burton Library on 23 April from 7pm. It costs £5 per team to enter and the winning team takes the pot!

World Book Night celebrations at Shard End Library in Birmingham will be themed around Agatha Christie's Deadly Diamonds. A murder will be played out in the library by a professional theatre company and a three course meal will be served: starter of stuffed peppers, main of sticky pork, dessert of raspberries and cream. The event is for open to anyone over the age of 16 and tickets cost £3. Call 0121 464 6779 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Bromsgrove Library have a whole afternoon of activities planned for World Book Night on 23 April: 2 until 3pm is a celebration of Elmer the elephant for children age two to six; from 4 until 5pm children's author Simon Morse will be running a session; Carmen Capuano will talk about her writing from 6.15 until 7pm and will stay for a book signing session at the end. The evening culminates with an audience with author James Brogden from 7.15 until 8pm.

a bargain struckAuthor Liz Harris will be at Pheasey Library, Walsall, on 23 April at 6.15pm to talk about her novel, A Bargain Struck. The event is free but places can be booked by calling 01922 654865 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Take part in a discussion with emerging Young Adult authors Sara Grant and Paula Rawsthorne on at 2pm on 23 April at Droitwich Library.

At The Royal Oak Pub in Kings Bromley, Staffordshire the Royal Oak Book Club will be holding their annual World Book Night event with book giveaways to customers and diners.

Join the TDCC Book Night, Walford Road, Ross on Friday 25 April from 7.30 until 9pm. There will be World Book Night books, a bookswap event as well as tea, coffee and cake!

Coundon Library are having a World Book Night party on 24 April, with a quiz and refreshments - contact them to find out more.

Arena Park Library are having a World Book Night party on 23 April from 2pm, with games, refreshments and a big book giveaway.

Bell Green Library are having a poetry and creative writing event on 22 April from 5.30pm until 6.30pm, with a book giveaway from 5pm.

Solihull Central Library are celebrating World Book Night on 23 April from 3pm until 4pm. Authors Gaynor Arnold and Natalie White will be reading from The Sea in Birmingham, a collection of short stories celebrating 30 years of the Tindal Street Fiction Group. A book swap table will also be available at the event.

Worcestershire Libraries are hosting a 'Teen Twitter Takeover' with fantastic Young Adult authors Anne Cassidy and Annabel Pitcher. Join them on 23 April, where you can put your questions to Anne from 3.30pm until 4.30pm using #askanne, and to Annabel from 5pm until 6pm using #askannabel.

East Midlands

Celebrate World Book Night at Nottingham Central Library with an evening of Sherlock Holmes, debate, deductions and derring-do! With special guest Left Lion's James Walker. The event takes place on 23 April at 7pm. It's free but tickets can be reserved from the library, on 0115 915 2825 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

At the Phoenix Arts Centre in Leicester World Book Night volunteers will be giving away books including The Boy with the Topknot by Sathnam Sanghera from 7.30pm on 23 April.

At the Donkey Pub, Welford Road, Leicester, everybody's reading! Join them from 7 until 11pm on 23 April, no booking required. Featuring live poetry from Liz Gray and Anita Sivakumaran, live music from KGB Jazz and Banjaxed, and of course, lots of books to give away! Find out more on Facebook

Amber Trust are having a World Book Night giveaway on 23 April from 4pm until 7pm. As well as the books there will be a local poet and a local author appearing, as well as a raffle. All are welcome.

Yorkshire and Humberside

Chapel Allerton Library in Leeds are having a Read Regional Poetry Evening from 7 until 8.30pm on 23 April. Join them and poet Cara Brennan (a 2014 Read Regional Poet) for an evening of poetry. Find out more on Twitter, call 0113 2476016, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Headingley Library in Leeds are having a Shakespeare event on 23 April, 7 until 8.30pm. Trio Literati will be reading from Shakespeare's sonnets and plays. Find out more on Twitter, call 0113 3781868, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North Lincolnshire Libraries' popular reading-themed quiz will be returning this year. It will take place on Thursday 24 April in the Central Library, Scunthorpe. Teams of up to five people are welcome. Tickets are £4.50 per person in advance or £5 on the door. Buy them in advance online, by phone on 01724 860161, or in person at Central Library. There will be nibbles and soft drinks but you are invited to bring your own drinks (including alcohol, if you wish) and your thinking caps. Doors open at 7pm to start the quiz at 7.30pm. Remember to study the World Book Night 2014 list - there will be questions on the books!

If you're passing through Leeds Railway Station between 4.30 and 5pm on 23 April keep an eye out for Leeds Metropolitan University Library staff giving out books to early evening commuters.

Author Simon Armitage will be visiting University Centre Doncaster on 30 April. The event starts at 5.45pm and tickets cost £3. There is more information on the University Centre Doncaster website.

Gavin Extence, author of The Universe vs Alex Woods will be at Hull Central Library from 7pm on 23 April.

Lincoln Inspired will be hosting a quiz on the evening of World Book Night
at Stokes Café, The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln. 7pm arrival for
7.45pm start. In partnership with Waterstones. Tickets are £2 and can be booked via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Our festival of literature, performance and art runs from 6-11 May and we have Matt Haig attending too. Website is www.lincolninspired.co.uk or look on Twitter and Facebook.

North East England

Newcastle University Library will host a Rainy Day Reads session, 23 April from 6pm. Come along with your favourite book and share with our group why you love it so much. There will be refreshments available. The event is free but spaces are limited so you're advised to book in advance.

South Tyneside libraries are organising a Kirkup Memorial Poetry event in conjunction with Red Squirrel Press who will be launching pamphlets by their poets Nikki Magennis, Sylvia Forrest and a full collection by Alistair Robinson. The event takes place at South Shields Central Library at 6 pm on 23 April. Refreshments provided by the Kirkup Collection

There are two World Book Night events taking place in Sunderland on Wednesday 23 April. Authors James Wheatley and Rebecca Muddiman will be talking about their books at the City Library and Arts Centre from 2 until 3pm. Then at Holy Trinity Church from 6.30pm John Grundy will give a talk on northern architecture. Both events are free. Call 0191 561 1235 for more information.

Try out cocktails with a literary twist such as 'Tequila Mockingbird', 'Gin Eyre' and 'Gone with the Wine' followed by comedy from Kevin Mochrie and Hélène Dolder's 'Ladies Who Laugh' at Newcastle City Library, Wednesday 23 April, 6 until 8pm. Over 18s only. Limit of 2 tasters per person. Tickets are free and can be booked
online.

Cafe@Ustinov in the University of Durham are having a World Book Night event on April 23 from 7pm. Join them for book giveaways and exchanges as well as drinks and nibbles!

Wallsend Customer First Centre is celebrating World Book Night on 23 April from 7pm. Author Stephen May will be at the event talking about his novel Wake Up Happy Every Day. The event is free and includes refreshments. Book your place by calling 0191 643 2075 or by visiting any North Tyneside library. Also, library staff will be giving away World Book Night titles to shoppers in Wallsend Forum from 9.30am until 11.30am, and pupils from Churchill Community College will be demonstrating how to use the library's e-book service.

North West England

Sefton Library will be screening Gorky Park at The Atkinson Theatre in Southport on 23 April at 5.30pm. Tickets cost £3.

Author Jane Costello will be at Oldham Library on 23 April from 7pm talking about her latest novel, The Time of Our Lives, and life as an author who has continued to write for newspapers and magazines including Marie Claire and The Sunday Telegraph. Tickets cost £8 for non-library members or £5 for members and can be purchased online.

Runshaw College Library in Chorley, are having a Tea Party and Book Giveaway on 23 April from 4.30 until 7pm.

The Venus Centre in Bootle will be holding a World Book Night event on 23 April from 5.15pm. There will be readings from World Book Night titles, as well as a quiz and refreshments.

Blackpool Libraries are launching their Twitter book club on 23 April at 8pm. Their first books will be the World Book Night title The Humans by Matt Haig. Anyone can join in, find them on Twitter @bpoollibraries using #bookpool

Blackpool Central Library are holding a DIY Publishing Workshop on 23 April from 5.30pm until 7pm. Learn skills for the production and distribution of books and zines. Tickets are £3 and are available from the library or by calling 01253 478080.

Scotland

In Oban library there will be an event from 7.30 until 9pm on 23 April. It will open with a short play by Oban Library Readers Group called There's a Queue for the Therapist's Chair. Then storyteller Grace Banks will then tell stories from her book and local writer Mhairi Livingstone Ross will talk about her book Auld Claes an' Porridge. A buffet will be provided and the event closes with book giving. Places are free but limited so please book via Brian Marden on 01631 567952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Travel writers Nick Thorpe and Brian Wilson will be speaking at Falkirk Library on 23 April from 7pm. Tickets are free and you can collect them from the library.

At Fettercairn Library on 23 April there will be a 'Talking Book Takeaway' - library staff will be giving away talking books that have been withdrawn from stock.

Banff Library will be running a Book Swap and will also have a 'Talking Book Takeaway' on 23 April.

On 29 April Alford Library is holding a book giving event for literacy learners and their tutors, older people from sheltered housing and young mums from local community parenting group. The librarian will be giving out her World Book Night books and will also be promoting the Six Book Challenge with the opportunity to sign up for the Challenge on the day.

In the beautiful Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, the G2 Writers are hosting a World Book Night event. As well as a selection of World Book Night titles the group will have their own chapbook of writing to give away. There will be readings from various books as well as a quiz. The event is free and starts at 7pm on 23 April.

Gairloch Library will be celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday on 23 April from 3.30pm. There will be free coffee and cake if you recite a favourite speech or poem from a Shakespeare play!

Glasgow Women's Library on Landressy Street is holding a free World Book Night event on 24 April from 5.30pm until 7pm. There is no need to book, and there will be a book giveaway, refreshments, and readings from some of the 2014 World Book Night books.

Scottish crime writer James Oswald will be visiting Aberdeen Central Library for World Book Night on 23 April to read from his latest novel The Hangman's Song and answer questions from the audience. The event is free but booking is essential. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01224 652500 to book a place at the event.

Aberdeen City Libraries will be giving copies of World Book Night titles to Aberdeen's Adult Literacy Group and to Aberdeen Cyreanians as part of their Sleepout event on 23 April.

Wales

Abergavenny Library's World Book Night celebration will include exclusive readings, performances by library members and refreshments, including wine. The event starts at 7pm on 23 April. Tickets cost £3 and are available from the library.

Rhydypennau Library are having a Capital Reads Quiz Night on 23 April - doors open at 6.30pm. Just £1 per person to enter, book your place by contacting Grangetown Library on (029) 2023 0526 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Cadwyn Housing Association will be holding a World Book Night celebration event, giving away a selection of titles, on Thursday 1 May in the café bar at The Gate, Keppoch Street, Roath from 3pm until 5pm. Resident Poet of the National Botanical Gardens of Wales, Mab Jones, will be giving a poetry reading. There will also be tea, coffee and cake! For more information contact Cadwyn on 029 2049 8898.

Northern Ireland

Libraries Northern Ireland will be having a World Book Night giveaway on 23 April at Women's Aid, Belfast at 11am.

Libraries Northern Ireland will be having a World Book Night giveaway on 23 April to homeless and street drinkers at Foyle Haven, Londonderry

Libraries Northern Ireland will be having a World Book Night giveaway on 23 April at Newpin, Londonderry

Libraries Northern Ireland will be having a World Book Night event on 23 April at Refresh East Belfast Mission at Skainos, Belfast, from 5.30pm until 7pm. They will be supporting homeless people and those experiencing mental health issues. The event consists of a read aloud session to generate lively discussion. Books will be gifted to Hosford House and to the public.

Libraries Northern Ireland will be having a World Book Night event on 28 April at the LGBT Centre, in Belfast at 7pm, including a book giveaway to GLYNI (Gay Lesbian Youth Northern Ireland).

Ireland

The OPAL Centre in Donamon, Roscommon, Ireland will be having events on 23 April from 2 until 5pm and April 24 from 7.30 until 9pm. Included in the events will be fun activities such as a quiz, calligraphy & book binding demonstrations, and discussions on favourite books. Both World Book Night titles and a range of motivational and well-being books will be given away.

 

Running your own World Book Night event

We've created an events guide for anyone who wants to run their own World Book Night event. It includes ideas on themes, author involvement and ticketing.

We've created a briefing pack for libraries which includes advice on being a collection point, encouraging community book giving, creating displays and organising events.

Download this poster to encourage people to become Community Book Givers. Register to be part of the community, and encourage your event-goers to do the same. Everyone can collect special World Book Night stickers and bookplates (specially-produced prints that you can inscribe personally and stick into your book) from their local library or bookshop. You can also download the bookplate and sticker.

Download this empty middle poster to add details of your World Book Night event.

You can add your event details to this press release template to send out to the local press.

Let us know via twitter and facebook how you will be celebrating World Book Night in 2014. Send the details of your event to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with EVENT in the subject line and we will add it to our website.

On World Book Night

I'm so delighted to be involved with World Book Night. A book is the best way I know to escape from the world, and it's a privilege to be able to give that experience to others. I hope all the books that are given away are truly relished - happy reading!

Sophie Kinsella

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