Bloxwich Library is giving away free copies of Philip Pullman’s classic story Northern Lights as part of World Book Night.
The inaugural World Book Night takes place on Saturday, March 5 (two days after World Book Day) and aims to be the biggest book giveaway event. About 20,000 book lovers across the UK and Ireland will be giving away one million books.
Local historian Stuart Williams is working with Bloxwich Library in Elmore Row to give free copies of the book, the first in the fantasy/science fiction trilogy His Dark Materials, between 7.30pm-9pm. There will also be readings from the book.
“Thanks to World Book Night, I have been able to join forces with my friends at Bloxwich Library to give away two boxes of one of the finest fantasy/SF books of recent years, and am very much looking forward to meeting fellow readers on the night,” said Stuart.
Anyone wishing to receive a free book will need to collect it between 7.30pm – 9pm on the night at Bloxwich Library. Books will be given on a one-book-per-household basis and anyone wishing to receive a copy is advised to reserve it in advance by telephoning Bloxwich Library on 01922 655900 and leaving their name, address and telephone number.
On the same night at the library, former Birmingham Poet Laureate Julie Boden will be joining artists at Tiger Tiger, a fundraising campaign to highlight this endangered species.
Julie will be joined by award-winning poet Jacqui Rowe, novelist and poet David Calcutt and Born Free poet in residence Richard Bonfield, who will perform readings.
“This is sure to be a great night with great readings, great company – pause for thought – and then applause for a cause,” said Julie.
The event starts at 7.30pm and £5 tickets can be reserved or bought on the door. All proceeds go to the charity.