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Cityread 2015

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Cityread London - April 2015


One book. One month. One city. 

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread encourages everyone in London to read the same book in the same month.

This years Cityread - 'Rivers of London' by Ben Aaronovitchis the first of an urban fantasy / crime fiction series which follows the adventures of a rookie copper-turned-apprentice-wizard, Peter Grant, and his boss, the last wizard in England. A unique blend of police procedural, supernatural mayhem and threads of fascinating hidden history woven through the very fabric of the plot, 'Rivers of London' is fast-moving, funny, full of warmth and features one of the greatest and most historically rich cites in the world: London.

We have a number of exciting events during April; 

  • Ben Aaronovitch, the author of this year’s Cityread: ‘Rivers of London’ - will be visiting Chipping Barnet library on Friday 24 April 2015 6.30-8pm. He will be talking about his books, answering questions and signing. Contact the library on 020 8359 4040 for more information. Entry is FREE but book your place early to avoid disappointment!  

  • Geoff Barrett – Punch and Judy Barnet resident and Mr Punch expert Geoff Barrett will be visiting Chipping Barnet library on Friday 17 April, 7-8.30pm. He will be giving a talk about the history of  'Punch and Judy' - and Ben Aaronovitch’s use of Mr Punch in 'Rivers of London' - before giving a performance of the show featuring the more controversial characters from its past. Tickets cost £3. Contact the library on 020 8359 4040 for information and booking (show not suitable for children).

  • Author of 'Scarp', Nick Papadimitriou, has spent a lifetime living on the margins, walking and documenting the landscapes surrounding North London in a study he calls ‘Deep Topography’. On Thursday 9 April 6-7:30pm he will be visiting Childs Hill library, taking you on a journey along the surface presence of a waterboard main, running from Cherry Tree Wood to Kempton Park. He will describe the impact that this curious and overlooked aspect of the London infrastructure has on his psyche. Call 020 8359 3900 or email to book a FREE place for this talk.
  • Beneath the dark waters of the Welsh Harp reservoir rests a deeper history. Local Archivist Hugh Petrie examines the underside of the Victorian resort, and tells the many stories sad and strange, of great heroism and loss, sometimes violent, often mysterious. At Hendon library PLEASE NOTE: this event has been rescheduled and will now take place on Wednesday 13 May at 7-8pm.  Call 020 8359 2628 for more information.                   

  • Barnet libraries are running a writing competition alongside this year’s Cityread campaign. Inspired by the supernatural elements of this year’s book, the theme is ‘Mysterious Metropolis’. Your story should have a London setting, and be no more than 2000 words. We are offering Brent Cross vouchers as prizes - 1st place £100, 2nd place £50, 3rd place £25. The competition runs from 16 March until 1 May 2015. Entrants must be 16 years old or over. Full terms and conditions below. 

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