Readers' Day is jointly organised by Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council to celebrate reading.
Reader's Day 2012
Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council are
proud to present this year's Reader's Day - an all day event for book
This year's event will take place on Saturday 3 November from
9.15am until 4pm at the offices of Nottingham City Council at Loxley
House, Station Street, Nottingham.
Please note the programme may be subject to change.
9.15am – 9.45am
Tea and coffee provided.
9.45am – 10am
10am – 10.45am
Martin Davies, The author of "The Conjurer’s Bird" and "The Year After" talks about bringing the past to life in fiction.
10.45am – 11am
Tea and coffee provided in the restaurant.
11am – 12 noon
- From page to screen: Gillian Roberts asks “Is it true that the movie is never as good as the book?” An opportunity to discuss your favourite and least favourite examples of film adaptations.
- The Gift of a Book: Eve Griffiths from The Bookcase at Lowdham will lead a discussion on the joys and perils of choosing books as gifts. Share your own views on the best and worst books you’ve ever received!
- Ray Bradbury: Imagination and Beyond: The legendary science-fiction author died earlier this year. He left behind a collection of classic novels including "Fahrenheit 451". Alex Davies explores the work of this iconic and imaginative writer.
- Nordic Noir: Sheelagh Gallagher asks "What’s so special about Scandinavian crime?" With an emphasis on all things Swedish!
- Where have all the happy endings gone?: Jane Brierley and Sarah Akroyd discuss whether literary novels can bring a smile to our faces or whether they have to be depressing to be taken seriously? Come and hear our suggestions and share some of your own.
12.noon – 1pm
Please bring a packed lunch or buy from one of the local food outlets. During Lunch Bookswap: bring a book that you’ve enjoyed and swap it for a book you’d like to read. Plus bookstalls and displays.
1pm – 2pm.
We all come together again to hear Joanne Harris, best-selling author of "Chocolat" talk about her acclaimed new novel "Peaches for Monsieur le Curé". Joanne will also introduce her second book of short stories, "A Cat, A Hat and a Piece of String" .
2pm – 2.45pm
- Joanne Harris: Join Joanne for a closer look at her epic fantasy adventures "Runemarks" and "Runelight"
- But What Would Jane Think?: Alison Hirst looks at literary sequels and spin-offs; from "Wide Sargasso Sea" to "Death Comes To Pemberley".
- Do you believe in ghosts?: Local author Megan Taylor will explore our love of ghost stories, from childhood scary tales to the classics that have influenced her novel “The Lives of Ghosts”.
- The Story of My Life: Deirdre O’Byrne explores our fascination with autobiographies, focusing on recent bestsellers by Jeanette Winterson, Joan Didion, and others.
- Happy Birthday Browning!: 2012 is the 200th anniversary of Robert Browning; one of the best loved and respected Victorian poets. Mike Wilson looks at his most enduring works.
2.45pm – 3pm
Refreshments in the restaurant.
3pm – 3.55pm. We round off our day with a talk from Marina Lewycka, the author of “A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian” and “We Are All Made of Glue”.
Thanks and goodbye
3.55pm – 4pm
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