Friday, March 04, 2011
World Book Night
If you love books then the idea that they are to be celebrated in Central London is something rather special. World Book Night in Trafalgar Square was an occasion that was worth braving the cold for.
The women next to me had come down from Shrewsbury because "this is part of history" and it was hard not to get caught up in the excitement and agree with them. As Graham Norton took to the stage and introduced a host of literary household names the feeling that all these people had come together to celebrate books was a palpable one.
The highlight of the evening was not just watching the likes of Alan Bennet and Margaret Atwood take to the stage but to meet other 'givers' of books and to share an evening with so many book lovers.
Hope that when the feedback comes and the million books are tracked those behind it deem it to have been a success and can then extend the concept beyond the UK and Ireland.