Give a Book Week Launched!

Welsh Books Council

Give a Book Week Launched! - 20 June 2008

On Thursday, 19 June 2008, the Education Minister, Jane Hutt, officially launched the Give a Book Week campaign - a week-long event to be held during 7-12 July, 2008. During the launch, held on Cardiff’s busy Queen Street, the Minister presented  £1,000 worth of books to The Noah's Ark Appeal (Children’s Hospital for Wales). The Minister was assisted by Welsh Books Council staff to hand out free copies of the Quick Reads books to passers by.

Organised as part of the National Year of Reading in Wales the campaign encourages people from across Wales to give a book as a gift to family, friends and colleagues, sharing the gift of reading.

Delyth Humphreys, National Year of Reading Coordinator for Wales, commented: "This initiative has brought together a wide variety of partners in Wales, ranging from private companies seeking to up-skill their employees through to voluntary groups and organisations who are planning to give books to one another.  We’re anticipating a great response as people share the joy of reading by giving books to their friends during the week."

Education Minister Jane Hutt said:  "I’m really pleased to be launching this campaign which will highlight how reading can open up a range of opportunities for individuals and their families.  National Year of Reading activities have already encouraged children to pick up a book and have provided reading opportunities for children living in poverty in Wales. I hope people of all ages will get involved in the campaign and give a book to family, friends or colleagues during the week."

Accepting the books from the Minister on behalf of The Noah's Ark Appeal, Jasmine Aherne comments: "We are delighted that the Minister is supporting this initiative. Reading is important for children, both for learning and to fuel their imagination - the latter is especially treasured in a hospital, where a book can transport a poorly child to an exciting new world."

The launch signals the start to the campaign which will climax during the week of the 7-12 July, with numerous events being organised across Wales.  Delyth explains, "We’re working with bookshops, libraries, schools, the voluntary sector, as well as the business community, to promote the Give a Book Week in Wales.  We’re really pleased that so many individuals and groups are eager to take part.  Sharing your favourite book with someone is something that really brings people and communities together."

Already joining the line-up of book givers are Max Boyce, Iolo Williams, Angharad Mair, Rhodri Meilir and Prys Morgan - all ready to share their favourite books with colleagues and friends. 

Further details about how individuals, companies and organisations can participate in the initiative can be gained by contacting the Welsh Books Council, the organisation responsible for the National Year of Reading in Wales, or by logging on to the new and interactive website at

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