World Book Night 2015

World Book Night 2015 BooksSwindon Central library is proud to be hosting an event as part of World Book Night 2015, the nationwide celebration of the reading, recommending and giving of books.
Now in its 5th year, World Book Night 2015 will take place on the 23rd April, UNESCO’s International Day of the Book and Shakespeare’s birthday.

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books, run by the Reading Agency, which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift either specially chosen and printed World Book Night Books or their own books in their communities to share their love of reading.

On Thursday 23rd April members of Swindon Libraries’ Outreach Team will be going out into the local community to gift books and encourage Swindonians to take up the reading habit! In the evening there will also be a special FREE event at the Central Library in celebration of books and reading.

last_pierJoin us at 7:15pm for wine and nibbles, and then at 7:30pm hear World Book Night Volunteers talking about their books and how they have given away their copies. Some may still have copies to give away!

At 8pm we are thrilled to have bestselling author Roma Tearne speaking on her new book ‘The Last Pier’ with time afterwards for Q&As.‘The Last Pier’ was born out of a chance finding of photographs. Roma came across the cache in a second-hand store and was taken by the personal and emotive images. She was astonished to stumble accidentally across further photographs of the same family in another location and her story of the Maudsley family in The Last Pier was conceived.

“Tearne charts the patterns of love and loss with beautiful prose” –The Sunday Times

“Beautifully atmospheric writing, deeply moving and thought-provoking” –Books Quarterly (Waterstones)

“Exquisitely written… once read, not easily forgotten” Fay Weldon

Check our online ctatalogue for  Roma Tearne novels available to enjoy now from Swindon Libraries.

Click on the links to find out more about the 20 World Book Night 2105 Books, and  reserve for free from our online catalogue:

1. After the Fall by Charity Norman
2. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton
3. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
4. Chickenfeed by Minette Walters
5. Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson
6. Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle
7. Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
8. Essential Poems from Staying Alive ed. Neil Astley
9. Honour by Elif Shafak
10. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
11. Prime Suspect  by Lynda La Plante
12. Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
13. Skellig by David Almond
14. Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Börjlind
15. Street Cat Bob by James Bowen
16. The Martian by Andy Weir
17. The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington
18. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
19. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
20. When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

Applications to become a World Book Night volunteer for 2015 are now closed, but you can still register to give out your own choice of book on World Book Night. There are only a limited supply of World Book Night books, so the Reading Agency would love you to provide and give out any book you choose on the night – one you already own, or one you buy specially. You can also choose whoever you want to give the book to – a friend, a member of your community, a complete stranger. We want everyone who loves books to celebrate by giving a book they love on April 23.
See the World Book Night Website for more information on registering to be a Community Book Giver.

Have you been selected as a World Book Night Volunteer or just want to know more? We would also like to invite any Swindon ‘book givers’ to come along on the night to talk about their choice and why they feel passionate about it so do let us know if you are selected as a book giver. Contact Leon Flower via email at:
for more details.