Morning everyone, [K] here, did you know it is Bookshop Day today?
BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign run by the Booksellers Association to celebrate bookshops. It comprises Bookshop Day and the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards. At the centre of the campaign is the iconic BAMB tote bag. Since the campaign launched, over a million people have worn a Books Are My Bag to show their love for their local bookshop.
Booksellers, publishers and authors work collaboratively on the campaign to encourage consumers to shop in their local bookshop and ensure their high street is thriving. BOOKS ARE MY BAG launched in 2013 and created pro bono by the advertising agency, M & C Saatchi.
Bookshops are at the very core of BOOKS ARE MY BAG. Every year over a thousand bookshops around the country take part in Bookshop Day by holding special events, creating bespoke window displays and more. The campaign celebrates the hard work, knowledge and passion that goes into being a bookseller on Bookshop Day and EVERY day of the year.
Hello everyone, [K] here. Happy National Poetry Day!
Did you know it is the 25th National Poetry Day in the UK today?
National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry taking place every October. Each year there’s a different theme and in 2019 the theme is Truth.
The annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.
The Origins of National Poetry Day
Forward Arts Foundation was created in 1991 by William Sieghart, the founder of the publisher Forward Worldwide, now known as Bookmark. A poetry-lover, he wanted an anthology containing the best poetry of the year. Since none existed, in 1992, he published one himself.
The contents of the first Forward Book of Poetry were chosen over 1991/1992 by the five judges of the first Forward Prizes for Poetry, including Sir Stephen Spender, Margaret Drabble and Roger McGough. The Forward Book and Forward Prizes attracted both people who did not know where to begin with contemporary poetry, and die-hard poetry readers. The Forward Prizes’ power to make reputations is comparable to that of the Man Booker Prize.
In 1994, Sieghart founded National Poetry Day, a day of mass celebration of all things poetical which was taken up enthusiastically by schools, libraries, the media and even railway stations. Since then, the campaign has increased its impact: worked closely with schools, libraries, booksellers and retailers, joining with BBC Local Radio to commission new poems celebrating the nation’s different regions. National Poetry Day now reaches over 500 million people annually, through its booktrade promotion of new poetry, its NPD ambassadors, its publications, its posters, badges, bookmarks, its educational resources and its network of partner organisations and activists. It is particularly popular on social media, where the hashtag #nationalpoetryday and the invitation to share a line of poetry prove a winning combination.
If you wish to read some of the poems on offer on the website please click the button:
Now I have been know to dabble with reading a bit of poetry (I read Dante’s The Divine Comedy) and can quote some very small parts of poems – “I wander lonely as a cloud, that floats on high o’er vales and hills” unfortunately I have not yet found a favourite yet.
Is there any that you recommend I try?
Is there any posted on the National Poetry Day website you think I should read? (Click the button above to be taken to the website)
Hello everyone! [K] here, did you know it is Roald Dahl Day today?
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter and fighter pilot. Although I would say he is best known for his children’s books. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.
When I was a child Roald Dahl was one of my favourite authors. I could and did read his stories over and over again. I had the paper books that I practically wore out (my Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator nearly lost its front cover due to use!), audiobooks that were played that much the cassette tapes (showing my age here) ended up garbled due to being played that regularly. Any Roald Dahl film adapatation that came out I had to see – The Witches still gives me chills now! I am looking forward to the new adaptation coming out soon
All of his stories bring back happy childhood memories
I would say my all time favourite of his books, if you forced me to choose just one would Dirty Beasts which was a collection of short stories and poems that appealed to my sense of humour (and still does today if I’m honest), I loved reading about Crocky-Wock the Crocodile, Sting-a-ling the Scorpion and the cow with wings.
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
For [K] this book was first picked up when she was a kid and the story has stayed with her throughout the years. She has reread this so many times she knows the book (and the rest of the series) inside out, but is still enjoyed the same as the first time it was read by her. [K]’s book is:
The Woven Path is the first book in the compelling Wyrd Museum trilogy. All readers will be drawn in by the gripping storytelling of Robin Jarvis, where the fantastical elements combine with the seriously chilling. In a grimy alley in the East End of London stands the Wyrd Museum, cared for by the stranger Webster sisters — and scene of even stranger events. Wandering through the museum, Neil Chapman, son of the new caretaker, discovers it is a sinister place crammed with secrets both dark and deadly. Forced to journey back to the past, he finds himself pitted against an ancient and terrifying evil, something which is growing stronger as it feeds on the destruction around it. Dare to enter the chilling and fantastical world of the Wyrd Museum in this first book of a compelling trilogy.
Have you read either of these books? What is your all time favourite book?