Lewisham residents are being encouraged to read My Dear I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young as part of the London-wide Cityread campaign kicking off in April. Additional copies and ebooks are available in all Lewisham libraries.
Children and young people are also being encouraged to take part in Cityread by reading the hugely successful Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo.
This London-wide initiative, now in its third year, aims to get the capital reading and has chosen Young and Morpurgo’s books as part of its contribution to mark the centenary of First World War.
Young’s title, based on letters from the Front during the Great War, is being read by all Lewisham libraries’ reading groups. To get Lewisham reading, the Council is encouraging private reading groups and residents to take part too.
As well as reading the book, a series of events from quiz nights to film showings, readings to animation workshops will take place in libraries around the borough all designed for readers both young and old to share their thoughts of their chosen book.
Letters sent from the Front that have been in Lewisham’s archive have been given to all the borough’s creative writing groups so they can write their own response. The finished pieces will be performed at Deptford Lounge on Wednesday 30 April from 6pm along with a talk from author, Carol Harris, about the role of women in World War One. She will also be selling copies of her new book.
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