The annual East Riding Readers Day provides the opportunity for everyone who loves reading to talk about why it matters so much. The authors who will be involved in these intimate discussions about their work and reading habits include Joanne Harris, Joseph Harris, Joseph Connolly, Niall Griffiths and Adam Thorpe. The Readers Day series is in Scarborough and will feature Louis de Bernieres and Marian Keyes. For more information and a booking form please contact Tom Palmer. This event will include appearances and readings from two Yorkshirebased crime writers, Ann Cleeves and John Baker.
Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and Colette Bryce reading at the first of a series of events which will take place at York’s Friargate Theatre between four and six times a year. Chris Stewart, well known author of Driving Over Lemons will be giving a talk on his new book A Parrot in the Pepper Tree. Arts Council England has launched its new Grants for the Arts programme.
What is essential is that there is a new and vigorous champion for community sentences who will transform them from a mere control mechanism, into a means for people to make amends and change their lives. The sixth World Book Day celebrates the books that sum up contemporary Britain. Thursday 6 March is World Book Day 2003 in the UK and Ireland – the biggest annual celebration of books and reading.
Now in its sixth year, World Book Day has become firmly established in the nation’s consciousness as a key part of the cultural calendar. Each year, thousands of book-related events take place across the UK and Ireland – from authors and children filling the London Eye with reading activities, to readings in Edinburgh Zoo and Deep Sea World, Home Inspection to celebrities promoting reading on billboards and bus sides. World Book Day 2003 sees the announcement of the results of a poll to find out which books say the most about contemporary England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.