World Book Night 2011
World Book Night 2011 (http://www.worldbooknight.org/) takes place on 5th March 2011, two days after World Book Day.
This ambitious adventure aims to give out 1 million books on or around World Book Night via people who have volunteered to be Book Givers.
I volunteered and was a reserve giver. I finally found out about a week before that I would be giving out Seamus Heaney’s New Selected Poems 1966 – 1987. This was one of the books I studied whilst undertaking my Literature degree with The Open University and it contains one of my all time favourite poems, ‘Digging’.
Read below the letter I have included with the books I have distributed:
You have been given this book ‘New Selected Poems 1966-1987’ by Seamus Heaney in celebration of World Book Night on 5th March 2011.
I have decided to distribute these in a few different ways:
One to my parents to share with family
One to a friend to share with our friends
A couple given away on my blog
A few given to staff and students in The School of Health and Social Care at Bournemouth University to encourage them to read something other than a textbook once in a while!
The majority given to people in my neighbourhood (posted through random doors).
‘Digging’, the opening poem in the book is one of my all time favourite poems and finding out this was going to be the book I was giving away allowed me to discover a number of others I enjoyed. I think one of the great things about Seamus Heaney’s poetry is that it is understandable and rooted in the everyday rather than the obscure. A number of the poems I have selected relate to nature and childhood and as a creative writer myself the ones that relate to writing and language.
Below were the poems I particularly related to:
Digging Death of a Naturalist Blackberry-Picking
Follower Mid-Term Break Relic of Memory
Bye-Child A Drink of Water Holly
A Kite for Michael and Christopher Alphabets
The Railway Children The First Kingdom The Scribes
So now you have received this book what would I like you to do?
Firstly I’d love you to read it. Give it a go, even if poetry is not something you’d normally ‘do’. Read it with the others in your household, your partner, your children, parents, grandparents, flatmates. Talk about the poems and what they make you feel, how do you relate to them?
Inside the back cover you will find written in a unique book identifying number and a link to http://www.BookCrossing.com. Please enter the book’s ID on the site and share a note about receiving (‘Catching’) it and what you thought. I’d then love you to share it with others and keep the book crossing hands. You can hand it to someone you know or release it into ‘the wild’ (e.g. leave it in a cafe or on a park bench) and make a note on the Book Crossing about where you left it so that someone could find it.
I’m hoping to track the books via BookCrossing but I’d also love you to come and leave a note on the dedicated WBN 2011 page on my blog http://www.kirstyes.co.uk/reading/wbn2011. On this page I’ll be sharing some links to help you find out more about Seamus Heaney and his poetry as well as more information about why I picked out the poems I did.
On the back of this letter please write the date you received this book and share your thoughts and comments so that those who you share it with can see what you thought, especially those who might not have access to the Internet. Please keep this letter and the envelope with the book. You may like to add your own letter when you pass it on.
Also, as well as reading the poems, let them inspire you to go out into nature, look out for frogspawn, pick a few blackberries, fly a kite. Then write about your experience, try writing a poem or just a few lines to keep and look back on, maybe during WBN 2012.
And here are the numbers for my books so that you can track them too:
If you are here because you received a book from me then please leave a comment on the page letting me know what you thought.
Don’t forget to register the book on Book Crossing and pass the book on.