World Book Night 2013
I’m very lucky to have been selected for a third year running to give away a book for World Book Night on April 23rd.
In previous years I gave away Seamus Heaney’s poetry collection to random passers by or posted them through random letterboxes in my local neighbourhood. Last year I gave Good Omens (by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman) to people attending an Improving your English course. Sadly I didn’t really hear from anyone despite using the BookCrossing website.
This year I will be giving Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses to students on the undergraduate OT degree I lecture on. The reason is that I think students and lecturers tend to prioritise work over leisure activities and having recently started reading voraciously again I have once again realised the stress relieving properties of a good book.
Not having yet read the book myself (despite it being on my massive to read list) my intention is to give books out on the 23rd and then plan an informal post-uni bookclub about a month later hopefully giving people time to read and pass round the books to get as many students as are interested sharing this experience. I’m looking forward to discovering the book at the same time as others, and if we are lucky and engaged this is the first in a series of 5 books to see us through the rest of the academic year.