Wow! Oh to be in England now that summer’s here. Beautiful seats are popping up around the centre of London to promote the ‘Books About Town’ literary festival.
50 unique bookbench sculptures, designed by local artists and famous names are there to celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment. They have the added interest of being a treasure hunt for locals and visitors who will find them in locations scattered through 4 literary walks.
The BookBenches feature stories linked to London and are based on a range of iconic books from treasured children’s stories such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Peter Pan to classic adult titles including 1984 and The Day of the Triffids.
The new Books about Town website also launched today with a range of exciting features, including family events, activities and quizzes, downloadable trail maps, artist profiles and information on each BookBench.
To mark the launch of Books about Town, the National Literacy Trust unveiled new research revealing that children’s enjoyment of reading has increased for the first time in eight years.
If you’re heading to Blighty to escape the winter weather and cold make sure you seek them out.
In 2012 I was there at Easter when they had a similar Easter Egg teaser hunt in 200 different locations. My picture shows one such. What fun!