World Book Night celebrations

The Verbal Arts Centre will be celebrating World Book Night on Saturday, April 23rd, with a special Reading Room for its Volunteers in the Eason’s store at Foyleside Shopping Centre from 4pm-5pm.

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Reading Rooms staff member Andrea O’Donnell will lead the group with a lovely selection of material including a short story by Gracey Paley and some love poems by Carol Ann Duffy.

Sinead Devine, project manager, explained: “World Book Night is for adults and is the sister project of World Book Day for children held on 3rd March. In this busy world, it is still a comfort to curl up and relax with a book but many of us take this for granted.

“The Reading Rooms are celebrating World Book Night all week with adults who are most removed from a reading experience to engage with the love of reading. For example, older people including those with dementia in residential and nursing homes as well as in day care centres; adults who have survived a stroke or have suffered a brain injury; adults who can no longer read due to physical disabilities or reduced cognitive function; and those who no longer have the concentration level and so really miss reading as a result.

“It is wonderful to be able to engage these groups in stories and poems from over the world,” she added.

Staff and Volunteers from the Reading Rooms project have also been sharing the books they are currently reading in the run-up to World Book Night which falls on Saturday, April 23rd, the birthday of Shakespeare and the 400th anniversary of his death.

Their book selections ranged from weighty and diverse tomes such as Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’– inspired by the recent TV adaptation - to ‘The Gift’ by Lewis Hyde; ‘Inheritance’ by Lan Samantha Chang; ‘The Sunrise’ by Victoria Hislop; ‘My Brilliant Friend’ by Elena Ferrante; ‘A Suitable Boy’ by Vikram Seth; and ‘The End of Days’ by award-winning German author Jenny Erpenbeck.

World Book Night is run as a Reading Agency programme as part of its work to inspire people to take up reading and celebrate the difference that reading makes to their lives. 2016 will be the sixth World Book Night celebration.

For more information about World Book Night, see and as well as Verbal’s Facebook and Twitter.


Further information is available from the Verbal Arts Centre, Stable Lane and Mall Wall, Bishop Street Within, Derry-Londonderry. Tel: 02871 266946.

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