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Readers' Day

Readers' Day is an annual event to celebrate reading.

It is jointly organised by Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council.

2014 Programme

Readers' Day 2014 takes place on Saturday 8 November 2014. It will be held at Loxley House,
Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NG. Opposite Nottingham Train Station side exit, adjacent to the Station Street tram stop.


  • 9.15am – 9.45am
  • Tea and coffee provided.


  • 9.45am – 10am
  • Councillor Cat Arnold

Parallel Sessions

10am – 10.45am

A: Ever Judged a Book By Its Cover?

Novelist Martin Davies comes clean on the question as he leads a lively discussion of all things related to cover art.

B: Shakespeare’s Richard III: Man, Myth and Monster

Catharine Arnold explores the way in which Shakespeare demonised the last Plantagenet king for artistic and commercial motives.

C: Ice-skating in a Sari

Many best sellers such as White Teeth and Brick Lane were written by the children of immigrants and explore life in a multicultural Britain. Deirdre O’Byrne, of Loughborough University, will lead a discussion looking at what has changed since Hanif Kureishi’s Buddha of Suburbia broke the ice in 1990.

D: The Great War and Nottinghamshire

Ruth Imeson, of Nottinghamshire Archives, introduces the wide range of publications created using local records and images, from a grisly history to the Great War.

E: Nottinghamshire’s Literary Heritage

Pippa Hennessy, of Nottingham Writers’ Studio, reflects on our rich legacy of local writers and the vibrant contemporary landscape. There is plenty to celebrate ahead of Nottingham’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature.


  • 10.45am – 11.05am
  • Tea and coffee provided.

John Harvey

  • 11.05am – 12noon
  • John Harvey - author of the highly popular Resnick crime novels talks about all his writing and musical interests, and highlights his new collection Out of Silence: New and Selected Poems.

Lunch break

  • 12noon – 1pm
  • Please bring your own 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 fun quiz, bookstalls and displays.

Sathnam Sanghera

  • 1pm – 2pm
  • Award winning journalist and author of The Boy with the Topknot talks about his new novel Marriage Material.

Parallel sessions

2pm – 2.45pm

F: Writing about Rebels

Local author Christy Fearn talks about the historical research behind her novels and her interest in the colourful, rebellious characters from the past.

G: England and St George?

Mike Wilson looks at the literature and the legacy of George Orwell. Mike examines how he became a national treasure and a poster boy for the left, the right and all points in between.

H: Writing East Midlands presents: In conversation with Alison McQueen

Join the acclaimed novelist and winner of this year’s East Midlands’ Book Award as she talks about her winning novel, Under the Jewelled Sky, with poet Jacqueline Gabbitas.

I: The 2 Rs

Can what we read inspire our writing and can writing enhance our appreciation of what we read? Try this workshop with Sheelagh Gallagher and see!

J: Heirloom books

Discussion: Which titles would you recommend to future generations, and which books were passed down to you?


  • 2.45pm – 3.05pm
  • Tea and coffee provided.

Rose Tremain

  • 3.05pm – 3.55pm
  • The award winning author of Restoration and The Road Home will be discussing her new book The American Lover with journalist Alex Clark.

Thanks and goodbye

  • 3.55pm – 4pm

Previous Reader's Days

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