April is racing by. Not only does today mark the birth and death of Shakespeare and St George’s Day but the 23rd of April is also… World Book Night!
This wonderful annual event, run by The Reading Agency, is a nationwide celebration of reading, highlighting the importance of reading for pleasure in our everyday lives. Across the country events are held and books given away to those who may not usually read or have access to literature, all to celebrate a most enjoyable and valuable activity. Regardless of age, background or personality, it is a truth universally acknowledged that reading benefits everyone. It allows us the enter worlds of strangers and introduces us to lives completely from our own; it encourages empathy and increases awareness of the trials and tribulations of life in the world around us; it expands our vocabulary and enriches our daily existence. Despite generally being a solitary occupation, reading actually brings us all closer together. This exact ethos is what we hope to emulate here at the Felixstowe Book Festival.
So get out there, pick up a book, support your local library and have a perusal in your local bookshop. Alternatively, you can check out the wonderful work of The Reading agency here and find out more details about World Book Night here.