A LOVE of reading brought Wearsiders together as part of a national event.
Across Sunderland people celebrated World Book Night – coinciding with William Shakespeare’s birthday – with a number of activities.
Now, in its third year, the international event attracted more authors, poets, libraries, schools, care homes, teenagers, parents and the general public, than ever before.
As a celebration of reading, World Book Night saw tens of thousands of passionate volunteers across the world hand out specially chosen and printed World Book Night books in their local communities.
In Sunderland the volunteers, including librarians, council staff, members of the public and Houghton author, Sheila Quigley, handed out books to people at Park Lane Metro Station and at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, to share their love of reading.
Copies of books, The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, Me Before You by Jo Jo Moye, Girl With The Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, The Dark Judges by John Wagner and Little Face by Sophie Hannah, were among those handed out to passers by.
Sheila was also one of a number of authors who took part in a book night at Bar Justice, Sunniside, where writers, including Keith Gregson, Sandra Rowell, Cath Conlan, Chris Mullin, David Pilkington, Dale Addison and Colin Mulhurn, each gave 10 minute talks about their books.
Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture fully supported the event, saying: “I think it’s great from time to time to settle down with a good book and enjoy the simple pleasure of reading.
“From classic texts and factual books to poetry and graphic novels, it doesn’t really matter there will be something out there to suit everyone’s taste.”
World Book Night is backed by renowned author John le Carré, who said: “No writer can ask more than this: that his book should be handed in thousands to people who might otherwise never get to read it, and who will in turn hand it to thousands more.”