20140219Cityread London 2014

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Dates: Tuesday, 01 April 2014 to Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Rediscover the pleasures of reading at the innovative Cityread London 2014 Festival this coming April, which aims to remind everyone of the joy that comes from sitting down with a good book.

The basic idea is simple - to get everyone in the city reading the same story together, from children and families to OAPs and neighbours.

This year's title is Louisa Young's novel My Dear I Wanted to Tell You, although the kids can enjoy the alternative of Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo which is a little more age-appropriate.

These titles have been selected in recognition of the anniversary of the start of the First World War, with participating partners the British Library and Picturehouse Cinemas putting a lot of thought into the decision.

Throughout the month of April, there will be plenty of opportunity to get along to the libraries of London where copies of both books will be available - whether you go with friends, family members or even with someone in the next hotel room along to you.

In addition, the month-long programme will feature a plethora of events, with plenty of opportunities to meet up and discuss the stories of both novels as well as film screenings and a graphic novel workshop taking place at the British Museum.

While many of the participating venues are libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues will also be getting in on the action and hosting various events.

"Cityread London is a terrific scheme to promote reading across the capital, by focusing on a single book that features our great city," commented Boris Johnson, mayor of London.

Retire to The Chesterfield Mayfair where you can take a quiet seat in our library room on the ground floor if you fancy flicking through your favourite novel.

With the Foodie for Thought deal, you can even make sure your dining options are sorted out before you even arrive, with a sumptuous three-course dinner included in the price for one day of the visit.