World Book Day 2017

Published Sun 26 Feb 2017 - By Literature Wales

Thursday 2 March 2017

World Book Day is the largest annual celebration of books and reading in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and will be held on Thursday 2 March.  World Book Day turns 20 this year, and to celebrate this special occasion, a variety of events and campaigns are being held across Wales.

Research indicates that reading for pleasure and enjoyment has more of an impact on children’s educational success than their family’s socio‐economic status (OECD, 2002), so it has never been more important to encourage the joy and celebration of books and reading. World Book Day’s message is clear – Celebrate Stories. Love Reading.

Helgard Krause, the new Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, said: ‘We are proud to support World Book Day in Wales and feel it is an important annual event that is celebrated in schools, libraries, bookshops and in the media. It is an excellent occasion to highlight the fantastic choice of reading material published in Wales and beyond.’


This year, the Biggest Book Show on Earth will be held in the Memo Arts Centre in Barry, with almost 700 children aged 8 to 13 in attendance. The all‐star line‐up will feature six high profile authors and illustrators – Steven Butler, Abi Elphinstone, Jim Smith, Cathy Cassidy, Martin Brown and Eloise Williams.

Alongside the Welsh Government, World Book Day in Wales is also sponsored by the bookseller Waterstones, who will be running a pop‐up bookshop and author signing session at the event.


For those joining in with the celebrations online, the popular #bookselfie challenge will be promoted on World Book Day, with prizes for the best pictures sent in or shared. There is also a short quiz that can be downloaded, based on books published in the last twenty years. For more information and ideas go to‐book‐day/


This year, guests of the annual World Book Day lecture will spend a fascinating evening in the inspirational company of Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, as he speaks on the theme ‘Imagine the World: A story of books and festivals’. The event will be held in the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay on Thursday, 2 March.


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