World Book Night

In the library, on the evening of Tuesday 23rd of April we celebrated World Book Night.

It was a very enjoyable evening with students and staff reading and sharing literature with our audience of family and friends.  We had a huge selection of poetry, short stories or extracts from novels.  Some were literacy classics, some personal favourites of our readers and some self written literature too, all beautifully read.  There were refreshments and an opportunity to chat informally about the evening and the literature too.

April the 23rd is a symbolic date for world literature.  It is the birthday of Shakespeare and also the date of his death.  Cervantes the great Spanish novelist also died on this date and it is in their honour the UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) have appointed this day as the International Day of the Book.

April the 23rd also marks Barcelona’s celebration of St George’s Day.  St George is the patron Saint of Catalonia, in addition to being the patron Saint of England.  Traditionally to celebrate this day the Spanish gentlemen gave their ladies roses and the ladies returned the favour by giving the gentlemen a book.

Considering the rich literacy history of this day, it seemed fitting that this date should be chosen by the organisation to celebrate and promote the joy of reading by the giving of books across the country.

Below are some photographs of the library before World Book Night commenced at 7.00pm.

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Our readings on 23rd April 2015 were:

An extract taken from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’  written by Lewis Carroll.

‘Winter’ and ‘Death by Life’, written by one of our students

An extract taken from ‘My Sister’s Keeper’  written by Jodie Picoult

An extract taken from ‘Matilda’ written by Roald Dahl

‘Wave’, poetry written and recited by one of our students

An extract from ‘Wind in the Willows’ written by Kenneth Grahame

‘The Gruffalo’ written by Julia Donaldson

An extract taken from ‘Tales From A Big Country’ written by Bill Bryson

‘The Choosing’ by Liz Lochead

An extract from ‘To Say Nothing of the Dog’ written by Connie Willis

An extract from ‘The Giver’ written by Lois Lowry

An adaptation of ‘Fox in Socks’ written by Dr Seuss

An extract from Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens

And reading suggestions from all over the world from our International students. (Please ask for further details if you are interested).