One City One Book is an Arts Council community reading initiative to promote literacy and get everyone in the same city reading and discussing the same book throughout May 2013. The chosen book is always from a living author from Northern Ireland who this year is Lucy Caldwell. The chosen book is her latest novel ‘All The Beggars Riding’ launched in Feb 2013 to rave reviews.
The programme is supported by a number of partners including Belfast City Council, Faber and Faber and Libraries NI. The Arts Council have gifted a number of books to libraries so that the public can get involved in the campaign.
Recently 100 copies of the book were hidden around the city for the public to find, read and keep or pass on.
The Belfast campaign also features a really interesting programme of events and films at the QFT curated by the author and based on the themes in her book. The public can also download the first chapter of the book for free from the Arts Council website in May only.
It’s a super initiative which has its roots in Seattle 1998 and is now hosted in many cities around the world each year. This is the second year OCOB will have been held in Belfast and for the first time, the initiative is being hosted in Derry also as part of the City of Culture year.
The campaign launches today, 1st May, and runs the whole month.
Two talks taking place during the next 2 nights are:
Wednesday 1st May
In conversation with Lucy Caldwell and Peter Sheridan.
Peter Sheridan performs from his one person show 47 Roses which was an inspiration for All the Beggars Riding. Lucy introduces and talks to the performer.
Belfast Central Library, 6.30pm, FREE.
Thursday 2nd May
Women with extraordinary stories: Lucy Caldwell talks to Kate Richardson who rowed the Atlantic to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Chichester Library, 6.30pm, FREE.