World Book Night 2011

If youve been paying attention you might remember that I was chosen as a book giver for the first ever World Book Night.

What that meant was that 19,999 people and I across the UK and Ireland had 48 copies of a book each to hand out to random strangers. Yes, that was me accosting people on the high street the other Saturday evening.

There was a fabulous launch which was free for all the book-givers held at Trafalgar Square with lots of authors reading passages to us from Alan Bennett to John le Carre and from Margaret Atwood to Edna O Brien plus many others. There were also a plethora of celebs reading to us from Rupert Everett to Suggs and Nick Cave. I went along with three other book-giver mothers from my sons primary school.

As one of the 20,000 book givers I handed out 48 copies of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. One million books were distributed altogether and I must say it was really hard to decide which one of the 25 selected titles I was going to give out but it made me think about reading all of them. 

I also discovered a new excellent local book shop as I had to pick up my box of books from recently discovered said independent bookshop The Crow on the Hill.

If like me you have been inspired by World Book Night to think about how you could use your reading as a volunteer there is a great legacy from the National Year of Reading which is called Wikireadia it has lots of ideas and links to volunteering opportunites so do please browse through.

Don't forget that if you need any more help get in contact with our helpdesk team here at TimeBank and once you have volunteered you can review your experience and spread the word to others

Happy reading.