Hemel takes part in book celebration

NEXT Saturday Hemel’s Old Town Hall Theatre will take part in the largest book give-away ever as 20,000 book lovers give away 1,000,000 books on the inaugural World Book Night.

In partnership with BBC Two and taking place two days after the established nationwide reading campaign World Book Day, this dynamic and unprecedented industry-wide initiative will celebrate adult books and reading.

A growing list of high-profile figures from publishing, media and the arts are lending their support by becoming World Book Night patrons. They include Damon Albarn, Colin Firth, David Gilmour, Antony Gormley, Seamus Heaney, Damien Hirst, Nigella Lawson, Mary Portas, J.K. Rowling and Tilda Swinton.

And with the assistance of Neasden Queen of Soul Mari Wilson, members of The Old Town Hall Theatre audience will be in with a chance of receiving a copy of The World’s Wife, written by award winning writer and poet Carol Ann Duffy.

Stunningly original, haunting and memorable, The World’s Wife brings to life the voices of Mrs Midas, Queen Kong, Mrs Lazarus, the Kray Sisters, and a huge cast of others in a collection of poems for a new century.

Forty-eight books are up for grabs, and everyone who comes to see Mari’s show has the opportunity to walk away with a free copy of this poetry collection.

Carol Ann Duffy said: “I’m totally thrilled to be part of such an inspired and innovative project and I hope it changes lives and becomes an annual event.”