Whether you’re Gogol girl, a sucker for bit of Salmon (Rushdie) or got the hots for Hornby today (March 1) is World Book Day. Now in its 15th year, this celebration of all things literary takes place in over 100 countries worldwide and is a great way to encourage children in to explore the (James) Joyce of books as more that 14 million book vouchers are sent out to young people. Get your nose out of that book for a minute and check out some of the events taking place in the capital…
Member of Parliament Rushanara Ali, historian and TV presenter Kate Williams and many more gather for talks tonight to kick off this month-long celebration of women in writing and publishing. What’s (Thomas) More, there’ll be music, dance, poetry and film with exhibitions and events continuing throughout Women’s History Month.
Printout! pops up tonight at the Book Club on Leonard Street bringing together a collection of independent magazines from around the world for one night of serious browsing. And at the end you can take one home with you.
The Big Book Swap
The Big Book Swap does what it says on the tin, it’s a big fat, fun book swap to go (Oscar) Wilde about tonight at the New Cross People’s Library between 6-8pm.
Space for thought
Post riot pundit and author of the much touted ‘Chavs: The Demoralisation of the Working Class’ Owen Jones joins campaigner Sue Christoforou and Gender Institute professor Mary Evans in a discussion on, you’ve guessed it, class consciousness and politics. Book-ing essential.
The first in a series of Literary Dinners at the Dissenters’ Chapel welcomes Alex Preston, the award-winning British author and journalist (and brother of Ordinary Boys front man Samuel) to read from and discuss his latest novel, ‘The Revelations’, which centers on the workings of a religious cult. Probably won’t get you (JK) Rowling in the isles but surely worth a Tolkein read.
To mark World Book Day and the launch of Deptford Lounge, tonight Mark Thomas will read from his book ‘Extreme Rambling – Walking the Wall’, detailing the encounters of his walk along the Israeli separation boarder and crossing into both Palestinian and Israeli territory. Definitely one to Chekhov your reading list and again booking is essential.
And remember folks, Orwell that ends well, so get reading for World book day. Didi Mae Hand