Sometimes all you want to do is get stuck into a really good book, have a cuppa and chill. If you can’t afford to buy a kindle or pay off that whopping library card fine, satisfy your literary cravings this evening at a World Book Night event. To encourage people to get reading, the World Book Night team have enlisted 20,000 volunteers who are poised to give away nearly half a million (yes, that’s right 500,000!) books to people across the country. Every volunteer gets 20 copies of their favourite book, so hurry and find one of these generous book-givers at your local library tonight.
But if you can’t get your hands on one of these freebies, head down to one of these World Book Night events in London instead…
1. World Book Night at Southbank Centre
The sun is not the only thing shining in London this evening, as the Southbank Centre holds an event with a glittering array of top authors and actors. Funny man Hardeep Singh Kohli will take the audience through the past, present and future of books with his talk ‘Little History of Reading’. Guests will also be treated to readings of the 20 books given away by World Book Night from inspiring authors such as Mark Haddon (‘The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time’) and actor Charles Dance.
Tickets are priced at £10 and starts at 7.30 pm. For info, see southbankcentre.co.uk.
2. World Book Night at Canada Water Cultural Space
The charity Book Aid are holding a talk with authors James Mayhew (‘Katie’s Picture Show’), Beverley Naidoo (‘The Other Side of Truth’) and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (‘Becoming Dickens’) tonight in honour of World Book Night. Not only do you get to find out how the mind of an author ticks, your money will go towards charity.
Tickets are priced at £10 (including a free drink). For info, see canadawaterculturespace.org.uk.
3. Reading by Torchlight at Waterstones Barnet
True book geeks will remember hiding under the duvet reading a copy of your favourite children’s book with your Dad’s torch when you were supposed to be asleep. Relive this tonight at the Barnet branch of Waterstones as anyone can go and share extracts from their favourite novels or poems by torchlight. And if you can’t really see anything, don’t worry, just close your eyes and listen to the special reading of Shakespeare in honour of his birthday.
The event is free but tickets are limited, starts at 7pm. Find out more details worldbooknight.org.