Cityread 2017 Launches across Reading in April

READING Library Service is inviting residents to take part in a month-long celebration of reading, running throughout April.

London Cityread has run every year since 2012. Each year a different novel is chosen.

For the first time, Cityread 2017 is launching in Reading and aims to engage the town’s residents, workers and visitors with reading for pleasure, focused around the shared reading experience of a single book.

The chosen novel this year is ‘Prophecy’, a gripping Elizabethan spy thriller set in 1583, focused on the plot against Elizabeth to put Mary Queen of Scots on the throne.

The library has multiple copies of the book for people to borrow and join in. To view the library collection visit:

There will be an exciting opportunity to meet the author, S J Parris, in person on Friday 28th April at 7pm at Reading Central Library. The author will discuss her writing, her love for Elizabethan London and her not-so-secret crush on Giordano Bruno at a City Read library talk. Tickets: £4/£3 to library members.

Other City Read related events taking place in April include:

·       Join in with a family friendly alchemy experience run by South Reading Mini Professors on Saturday 8 April, 3-4pm at Reading Central Library. The event offers a chance for 3-5 year olds and their families to experience the mysteries of alchemy! Booking essential.

·       Running throughout April, there is a Tudor Reading and Berkshire Exhibition at Reading Central Library, offering a chance to explore Tudor Reading and Berkshire through items from the Local Studies Collection.

Cllr Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, said:

“City Read is a regular event in the London calendar, but this is the first year Reading has taken part. It is an exciting initiative which promotes the ethos of reading for pleasure.

“As well as joining in with reading ‘Prophecy’ and the great opportunity to meet the author, I’d also encourage people to come along to the Tudor exhibition.

“For parents with young children, the family friendly alchemy experience on 8th April is also not to be missed.”

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About Cityread London:

Cityread London is a registered charity that promotes the key ideas of reading for pleasure, engaging new library users, enhancing the experience of existing readers, and encouraging people to explore and celebrate London’s culture, landscape and history.

Cityread London represents culture for all, with all London library services developing a programme of reading, activities and events using a variety of formats including ebooks, audiobooks, large print, and in translation where possible, aimed at encouraging readers at all levels.

Founded in 2012 it has featured: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Penguin), 2012; A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks (Vintage), 2013; My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young (Borough Press), 2014; Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz) 2015; Ten Days by Gillian Slovo (Canongate) 2016.

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