Wednesday, June 12th
About the Big Read
The first Big Read organised by the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival took place in 2009 and featured Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep. Since then, the Big Read has grown from 3 events into a 2-week long tour across North Yorkshire. The aim for the Big Read is to encourage as many people as possible into libraries, to read the same book at the same time, focusing in particular on reluctant readers and those who are not already engaged with the library. The event aims to be accessible to all, offering free copies of the book from all participating libraries, and a free ticket to every session.
The current Reader-in-Residence, Mari Hannah, is as equally passionate as Harrogate International Festivals is about reading and about the importance of a thriving library within communities and we are proud to be supporting this through the Big Read. The legacy Harrogate International Festivals aims to leave behind, is to provide the libraries with the skills and tools required to extend their offering of vibrant literature experiences, attracting larger audiences from areas with the lowest arts engagement.
Mari Hannah, author, Programming Chair, and Reader in Residence at the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, will hit the road to host the North’s biggest book club. She’ll be discussing thriller The Black Echo by Michael Connelly.
You do not have to have previous Book Group experience or have read hundreds of books – everyone is welcome! We’re passionate about promoting reading, and the importance of libraries within communities. The benefits of reading stretch through a person’s life. Research shows that reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved sleep levels, improved relationships with others, reductions in the symptoms of depression and dementia alongside a general improvement in wellbeing.
We hope to see you there!”
Wellington House, 36 Wellington St,
The event runs from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on the following dates.
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