World Book Day

3 Mar 2010

Thursday 4 March was  World Book Day,  the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK and Ireland. Now in its 13th    year and growing each year in Wales, the Welsh Books Council has been encouraging everyone to take part – from library and local education authorities and corporate organisations to the press and media.

The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage people to explore the pleasure gained from books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to take part in various exciting activities. With the help of the Welsh Books Council, it is now a fixed date in the calendar in Wales.

There are many events, activities, workshops and celebrations happening all over Wales at schools, universities, libraries and community centres.

Events at schools and centres include author storytelling sessions, creative writing and book-making sessions, author and illustrator workshops, book hunts and writing competitions. At various libraries there are medieval themed days for children and adults, coffee mornings, nursery rhyme training for parents, quizzes, author evenings, teddy bear picnics, pirate parties, mask- and puppet-making sessions, and a ‘Taste of Wales’ evening with readings.

Competitions have also been held for reading groups and writing squads to give them the opportunity of a visit by a famous author, and to win a prize to enable them to organize their own workshops.

Elwyn Jones, Director of the Welsh Books Council, commented: "World Book Day has become an important date in the diary; we would like to encourage everyone to take part and to join in the festivities."

For more information on the many varied and interesting activities, workshops and events taking place in your area and across Wales, please click here.

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