Aye Write! writers' festival

  • The List
  • 13 November 2006

Glasgow writers’ festival joins in Britain’s biggest ever reading project

Aye Write!, the Glasgow book festival inaugurated in 2005, is to participate in Britain’s biggest ever reading project. Small Island Read 2007, which is set to attract tens of thousands of readers, from the West Coast of Scotland to Cornwall, is based on Andrea Levy’s (pictured) Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island. 50,000 copies of the novel, which describes the experience of black Jamaican immigrants arriving in post-war Britain, will be distributed free of charge in Glasgow, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the passing of the Slave Trade Abolition Bill. Two books for younger readers, Benjamin Zephaniah’s Refugee Boy and Mary Hoffman’s Amazing Grace are also being used to attract all age groups to the project. An extensive website - www.smallislandread.com - will provide news.

Karen Cunningham, director of Aye Write! is excited about the festival’s participation in the project: ‘Aye Write! has already established itself as a leading literature festival,’ she says. ‘All of the partners are committed to promoting reading and literacy, at the same time as encouraging learning about the past. We are confident we will achieve both of these aims with Small Island.’

The festival takes place in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, Fri 16-Sun 25 February 2007.

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