World Book Day's 'Biggest Book Show on Earth' Tour Coming to Barry

Welsh Books Council

World Book Day's 'Biggest Book Show on Earth' Tour Coming to Barry - 05 December 2016

Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher, will appear as one of the performers in Barry. "The fact that World Book Day is celebrating its 20th anniversary proves that it’s a much-loved institution that still get kids excited about reading. And what better way to celebrate than with The Biggest Book Show on Earth tour? Children’s literary events really don’t get any better than this." The events will run from 27th February – 3rd March, hitting regions across the country and reaching 6,000 children. Host cities for this year’s tour are Glasgow, Coventry, Barry, London and Dublin. In each location, World Book Day will work closely with local partners who will bring the events to life, arranging bookselling and coordinating with local schools to invite children to attend. Kirsten Grant, Director of World Book Day, is eagerly anticipating the tour’s kick-off: "World Book Day is all about spreading the joy of reading to every young person in the country. We’re incredibly proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary, and what a fantastic time we’ve had! As ever, our aim is to deliver some of the very best authors and illustrators direct to thousands of children across the country." She added: "The Biggest Book Show on Earth is one of the jewels in World Book Day’s crown, and we couldn’t have asked for a better line-up to help us celebrate this amazing milestone. We can’t wait for young audiences to experience some of the most fun and unique author/illustrator events ever." Angharad Sinclair, Reading Promotions Project Manager with the Welsh Books Council, has organised the Barry event along with Grant. "The Biggest Book Show on Earth is something we look forward to every year and it's an excellent event to be a part of as it is a fabulous way to celebrate the fun that books and reading can bring. This year it's wonderful to be able to offer schools from the Vale of Glamorgan area a chance to engage with some of the most popular children's authors and illustrators of our time." More details about World Book Day can be found at Full tour schedule below (additional names still to come): Monday, 27th February / Royal Concert Hall / Glasgow (Partner: Glasgow Libraries & Waterstones) Rob Biddulph, Cressida Cowell, Sir Chris Hoy, Lydia Monks*, Frank Cottrell-Boyce Tuesday, 28th February / Butterworth Hall / Coventry (Partner: Youth Libraries Group & Peters Bookselling Services) Jessica Ennis-Hill, Alex T. Smith, Holly Smale, Julian Clary & David Roberts, Sam & Mark, Nick Mohammed Wednesday 1st March / Memo Arts Centre / Barry (Partner: Welsh Books Council & Waterstones) Abi Elphinstone, Jim Smith, Cathy Cassidy, Martin Brown, Eloise Williams Thursday 2nd March / Cadogan Hall / London (Partner: National Literacy Trust & WHSmith) Clare Balding, Francesca Simon*, Tom Fletcher, Chris Riddell, Claire Freedman & Ben Cort*, Liz Pichon* Friday 3rd March / Liberty Hall / Dublin (Partner: Dublin City of Literature & Eason) Judi Curtin*, David O’Doherty & Chris Judge, P. J. Lynch, Dave Rudden * Indicates one of World Book Day’s 2017 £1 book authors/illustrators.

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