Central Library to show live World Book Night broadcast

Today's World Book Night event at Edinburgh's Central Library with top author Maggie O'Farrell will feature a live streamed broadcast from the WBN flagship event in London's Southbank.

Margaret Atwood, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Jude Kelly, Lemn Sissay, David Nicholls, India Knight, Iain M. Banks, Neil Gaiman, Mark Billingham, Akala, Jon Ronson, Meg Rosoff, Colin Salmon, Martina Cole, Owen Teale, Kathy Lette, Mark Haddon, Andrea Levy, Elif Shafak, Geoff Dyer, Lemn Sissay, Hip Hop Shakespeare...

...have so far been confirmed to participate in the World Book Night flagship event compered by Hardeep Sing Kohli in the Southbank Centre on the night of World Book Night, Monday 23rd April. This three part event will commence with an evening of readings and performances in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The performances will include David Nicholls reading from Great Expectations; Iain M. Banks reading from The Player of Games; Martina Cole in discussion with Hardeep Singh Kohli; a reading by Elif Shafak, Turkey's best-selling female novelist from her recently published novel Honour; a pre-recorded video message from Margaret Atwood; the first public reading by Mark Haddon from his new novel The Red House and a live web chat with Neil Gaiman from his home in Minneapolis. The Head of WBN Germany will send a video message from Hamburg and the inaugural German event.

Following the Queen Elizabeth Hall performance, activity continues on the Front Room stage with spoken word, poetry and music and from Jacob Sam-La Rose, Laura Dockrill, Hip Hop Shakespeare and Fiona Bevan.

The evening concludes on the Riverside Terrace overlooking the Thames with the 'WBN Readings by Candlelight'. This key, new initiative for World Book Night 2012 will take place nationwide and will see members of the public gather in public squares, parks and spaces to read Shakespeare's Sonnets by candlelight. Poet Don Paterson, who has curated the sonnets which feature in the back of each World Book Night title, will be leading the readings.

The Flagship WBN Southbank Centre event will be streamed LIVE to the Watershed Arts Centre, Bristol and into flagship library events in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leicester and London libraries in Kensington and Paddington, organised in conjunction with founding partner The Reading Agency. The live streamed event will also be available to view via the World Book Night website at www.worldbooknight.org

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