The great and glittering from the literary world are set to descend on Newcastle’s Theatre Royal for one-day only for ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ – an exciting new event as part of World Book Day 2018.
On Saturday 3rd March, an all-star line-up of famous authors and illustrators, including the likes of Julian Clary and Clare Balding, will be inspiring young people with readings and live drawing sessions at an open public event to be held at one of the North East’s favourite theatres.
Hosting the event will be Steven Butler, author of ‘Nothing To See Here Hotel’. And in attendance this year at the Theatre Royal will be David Almond (‘Skellig’), Clare Balding (‘The Racehorse Who Disappeared’), Julian Clary & David Roberts (‘The Bolds’), Tom Fletcher (‘The Creakers’), Francesca Simon (‘Horrid Henry’), and Alex T. Smith (‘Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure’).
There will also be surprise guests from Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and all guests will be signing copies for young visitors and families after the event, with copies available for purchase along with tickets on the Theatre Royal website.
‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ is exactly what it says on the tin, only it aims to make a change among the younger generation and young adult market.
It is a road show like no other and will heading to six cities across the UK including Dublin, Oswestry, Aberystwyth, Doncaster, Brighton and Newcastle as part of the Annual World Book Celebrations this year, with other big-name authors popping up for the ride along the way including ‘Skulduggery’ author Derek Landy, ‘Great British Bake Off’ winner Nadiya Hussain, as well as Adrian Edmondson and Dermot O’ Leary.
It is a one-off event being run by the charity, in connection with Seven Stories, in conjunction with a series of other activities being held to celebrate World Book Day.
Other events are being organised that are catered for teenagers and young adults in their own online space, as well as BOOK Clubbing, another new venture encouraging teenagers to spread the word about their favourite book, to talk about reading more online and in person.
Two 30-minute online specials are also in the pipeline to be streamed in bookshops, schools and libraries which include an illustration extravaganza workshop, while the charity is also bringing back the World Book Day Award, giving schools the chance to win resources for their libraries alongside the Share A Story, campaign with a theme of TAKE 10.
World Book Day marks the world’s biggest celebration of reading, where the UK and Ireland’s entire book industry works proactively to address falling literacy levels and create readers of the future.
Since coming to prominence in 1997 to tackle worryingly poor literacy and reading skills, World Book Day has become something of a global phenomenon among school children. Figures have even shown an increase in children’s interest in reading with more than 1.2 million of the book day £1 tokens being redeemed, with more than 290 million being distributed across the country.
For 2018, titles chosen will offer a message of inclusivity – through the authors, illustrations, stories and a wide assortment of characters – enabling young readers to see the world in which they live reflected between the pages, with over 100 new titles being added this year alone.
‘The Greatest Book Show on Earth’, in partnership with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, is at Newcastle Theatre Royal for one day only on Saturday 3rd March at 10:00am.
Tickets, costing £14.50 in advance, can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or at theatreroyal.co.uk.