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Name

Word on the Street

Purpose:

To launch the National Year of Reading in Canterbury, Kent Libraries & Archives

Key audiences:

Communities

Families

Partners:

Canterbury City Council’s Arts Development Team

About:

A Saturday event to grab people’s attention as they walked past the Beaney Art Gallery and Public Library on the High Street.

Local poets including the Canterbury Laureate 2008 performed some of their work via a public address system and local authors, Stewart Ross and Alis Hawkins also read passages from their books. Whippersnapper Theatre Company also provided colour with story telling involving puppetry.

A table was set up with large sheets of paper and pens available asking people to write down what they had read that day – answers ranged from newspapers to text messages and make-up labels.

Library staff provided reader advice, offering alternative authors to try and related websites for further ideas. A survey of recommended Beach Reads was launched and a new website (www.write-here.net) being set up by Canterbury City Council for writers and word-based activities was also promoted.


Qualitative and/or quantitative evidence of impact

What the people of Canterbury had been reading on the day

The event received local media attention and the visitors to Canterbury on March 29th were left in no doubt that this was the National Year of Reading.

Contact details for the project:

Daren Kearl

Community Development Librarian, Canterbury & Swale

daren.kearl@kent.gov.uk

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