Wednesday 23rd April is the most literary day of 2014. Not only is it World Book Night, which is a celebration of all things wordy, but it’s also the Bard of Avon’s 450th birthday. As a result, Talk Like Shakespeare Day shall also take place, forsooth!

This is the perfect opportunity to join or even start your own book club, hold a WBN event (resources are available on the official website), or simply wear a baldy wig and pretend that you’re old Will, then go around spouting sililoquys about projectile weapons at unsuspecting skulls. You could also help to raise awareness of bookshops, libraries and literary events in your area, which is precisely what I’m going to do now.

I live in Hull, a city in East Yorkshire, England. Last year our bid to become the next UK City of Culture was successful, so in 2017 we’ll have all sorts of arty activity going on, even more so than usual. In the meantime, we have the following venues, festivals and events that either directly focus on books or use the power of narrative to help people discover brave new worlds:

  • Hull Truck Theatre (over forty years old, this producing venue began its life in the back of a truck)
  • Hull New Theatre (a hub for incoming shows, from Cats to The Mousetrap)
  • Hull Libraries (these wise guys are amazing at Twitter)
  • Freedom Festival (celebrating everything weird and wonderful, including food and fire)
  • Humber Mouth Literature Festival (last year we were visited by the incredible Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club)
  • And then of course there’s Assemble Fest, which is a brand new theatre festival commissioning new work by local companies. I’m the Marketing Manager of this bad boy and I can’t wait for the day itself on Saturday 3rd May!

So they’re some of my local sources of inspiration. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below or, even better, tell all your followers about them!

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