World Book Day, 3 March 2016

Today, read a book, or a chapter, or a poem. Pick up a paperback or read on your Kindle. Give someone else a book, or read to them, or to your cat. The pleasure, privilege and freedom of reading are all yours.
Have a wonderful World Book Day.
‘Knowing that I loved my books, he furnished me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom’.
The Tempest 1.2.166-68

Students read Cider With Rosie to raise money for Booktrust

To celebrate World Book Day and to raise money for Booktrust, our enterprising level 4 students of English Literature and English Literature and Creative Writing arranged a sponsored reading of Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie. It also marked the centenary of this Gloucestershire writer’s birth, and offered a good excuse to drink cider and eat cakes.


Siani Medlock made and decorated these splendid cupcakes.

Twelve readers started at about 3:30, egged on by a supporting crowd. By 9:30, in another location, we were flagging. But we completed the book.

The bitter end, c. 9:00 pm.

The organisers were interviewed on camera and some photos taken for the Student Union newspaper Space. We’ll collect the incriminating evidence for our Flickr photo gallery, to be uploaded here soon; please check back.

Many thanks to the organising team: Charlotte Damiral, Niall Gallen, Melody Grace, Siani Medlock, Laura Nicklin and Katherine Timbury. The readers were (in no particular order) Beth Norris, Siani Medlock, Luc Wafford, Katie McDonnell, Niall Gallen, Cherie Jones, Melody Grace, Natalie Mason, Laura Nicklin, Katherine Timbury, Hilary Weeks, Debby Thacker.

Sponsored Read-a-Thon for World Book day, 4th March

English Literature students are marking World Book Day next Tuesday with a sponsored reading of Laurie Lee’s Cider With Rosie. All proceeds go to the Booktrust.

The event celebrates the power of reading to change lives, and draws on the School of Humanities’ many connections with Gloucestershire writers. Each year we sponsor the Laurie Lee Memorial Lecture at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, and the University Archives have extensive holdings of Gloucestershire Poets, Writers and Artists’ work.

Organiser Melody Grace writes:

Today in the UK, three in ten children are living in households that do not contain a single book. This year Booktrust have launched the Children’s Reading Fund to support children with additional needs, disadvantaged children and children in care. They want to help children throughout the UK enjoy books, reading and the lifelong benefits they can bring, and your participation could make a real difference.

On the 4th March, the English Literature course hosts a sponsored Readathon of Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee. It will begin in TC001 at 3:15-and end in TC002A by 9:15 at the absolute latest. Refreshments will be provided!

Please support this student-led event and help to spread the gift of reading that we take so much for granted.
Cider with Rosie Read-a-Thon
Tuesday 4 March 2014
Francis Close Hall TC001 (Main lecture theatre)
3:15 till evening
Refreshments provided