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Mental health theme for World Book Night 2018

THE titles for next spring’s World Book Night have been announced, with a focus on mental health. The annual Reading Agency event takes place in the UK and Ireland on 23 April, 2018.

Publishers have donated thousands of books, which will be given to encourage vulnerable and traditionally hard-to-reach individuals to encourage them to read for pleasure. For 2018 organisers are looking for volunteers to hand out the books and have appealed for anyone working in libraries to get involved.

In its seventh year, World Book Night includes fiction, poetry, self-help, non-fiction and young adult titles. The theme of mental health echoes one of the strands of the Reading Well initiative, run by the Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of

Chief Librarians. Sue Wilkinson, Chief Executive, The Reading Agency says: “We know from our work on the Reading Well programme that there is a powerful link between reading and positive mental health. We are delighted to be able to include on the 2018 World Book Night list several titles that deal with this directly as well as others that we hope will lift readers’ moods or help them confront life’s difficulties.

“Our aim with World Book Night has always been to reach and develop new readers and we can’t wait to work again with all of the wonderful public libraries, prisons, colleges and others who do such a terrific job of getting our brilliant books into the hands of people who don’t think reading is for them.”

The Reading Agency has identified a number of key groups that it wants to reach through this year’s World Book Night. These are: isolated and vulnerable older people; less confident adult readers or those who don’t read for pleasure; people of all ages in prisons; people with mental health issues; parents and vulnerable pregnant women; young people who don’t read for pleasure. To take part visit the World Book Night website.

Published: 13 December 2017

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