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Next week, BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle will be cover to cover with ‘page-turner’ programming to celebrate Book Week NI.
For the second year in a row, BBC Northern Ireland and Libraries NI have joined forces for Book Week NI (Monday 9 October – Sunday 15 October). The joint initiative between BBC Northern Ireland and Libraries NI has developed through a partnership between the two organisations and aims to celebrate the pleasures and benefits of reading. One of its key messages is that books and reading are for everyone.
BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle will be buzzing with interviews, conversations and features about reading while Libraries NI will host almost 200 free events in libraries which will not only celebrate reading and books, but will also illustrate the many services that libraries provide for people of all ages, right across the region.
Stephen Nolan’s The Biggest Book Club in the Country will celebrate its first birthday and will be announcing his October 2017 book selection – Cathy Rentzenbrink’s A Manual For Heartache. The author is amongst the line-up for the BBC Mount Stewart Conversations which will bring Book Week to a conclusion on the weekend of October 14 and 15.
Stephen’s book club was launched last year and gives listeners a book to read, which they can borrow through their local library, before the programme discusses the book at the end of the month.
Also on BBC Radio Ulster during Book Week NI, programmes Good Morning Ulster, Talkback, Kerry McLean, Evening Extra, The Arts Show and Gardeners’ Corner will feature special features and interviews on books and reading.
There are lots of ways of getting involved with Book Week NI. We are asking people to take a ‘shelfie’ photograph of your favourite book, or your bookshelf at home, in your local library or at work and share on social media using #bookweekni.
Coinciding with Book Week NI, BBC Northern Ireland and Libraries NI have been working together to provide access to a selection of BBC Seamus Heaney archive to libraries across Northern Ireland. Storylines, created by BBC Rewind, features a rich selection of Seamus Heaney archive footage and provides an engaging and emotive insight into the celebrated Nobel Laureate’s life and legacy.
Peter Johnston, Director, BBC Northern Ireland, said: “Our audiences really got involved with Book Week last year and we are delighted to be making it happen again. We’ve got lots going on on our airwaves and we will also be reflecting the many different activities and events that will be taking place in local libraries. Partnerships like this as this are important to the BBC and help us to provide audiences with unique experiences that inform, educate and entertain.”
Helen Osborn, Acting Chief Executive of Libraries NI said: “We are delighted to be working with our partner BBC Northern Ireland again this year to deliver a week-long programme of events for Book Week NI. The partnership has proved really beneficial for Libraries NI and the Biggest Book Club in the Country, launched during last year’s Book Week NI, has had an impact on borrowing with three of the books featuring prominently in our top ten most borrowed adult books. Throughout the week customers across the network of libraries will have an opportunity to experience a diverse range of events, many of which focus on the joys and experiences of reading. I would like to encourage as many people as possible to join in the discussions on the airwaves and the events in our libraries.”
Book Week NI is a great opportunity to talk about books, to read and discover something new.
For more information on the BBC Mount Stewart Conversations (October 14-15), which will include discussions with authors and broadcasters including Dan Cruickshank, Fiona Stafford, Jonathan Lynne and Gail Honeyman, visit Mount Stewart Conversations or BBC's Mount Stewart page.