Cityread London author set to visit Surbiton’s transformed library

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S.J. Parris, internationally-renowned author of ‘Prophecy’, the Capital’s chosen book for Cityread London, is set to talk at the newly-transformed Surbiton Library in April.

Cityread London is the Capital’s biggest reading celebration. The month-long project aims to engage London’s residents, workers and visitors with reading for pleasure, focused around the shared reading experience of a single book. 

Kingston is taking part in the programme, with seven special events in libraries across the borough, including storytelling for adults, Tudor games, book groups and even a visit from S.J. Parris herself. 

Cllr Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage, Arts and Leisure at Kingston Council, said: 

“We are passionate about our libraries and the importance of a lifelong love of reading, which is why we are investing half a million pounds into our seven libraries. This transformation programme is hugely exciting and we’re delighted that S.J.Parris will host the first event in the new look Surbiton Library.

“It’s so important to promote libraries as spaces that are for more than books, they’re hubs of community activity and the heartbeat of our towns. I look forward to seeing Cityread bringing local people together to share an experience and take part in London’s biggest reading festival.” 

Free copies of the book will be available in libraries from 1 April, while stocks last.

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Visit the Cityread London website to find out more about the month-long reading initiative. 

Notes to editor

Cityread events taking place in Kingston: