insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 14 - April 2016 - Page 19

ARTS+ENTERTAINMENT World Book Night 23 April 2016 Reading: isn’t it wonderful? Isn’t it strange? Isn’t it incredible how we can stare at a piece of paper covered with black markings and create some kind of a new world within our heads? It’s remarkable, magical, and the charity The Reading Agency wants everyone to experience it. Let us introduce World Book Night – an annual event held on 23rd April (which is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as being Shakespeare’s birthday) – aiming to show people that reading for pleasure can have some truly beneficial effects. Did you know, for example, that reading can reduce stress levels by 68%? And that book readers generally have a more satisfied outlook on life? Or that parents are their children’s first and most important reading role model? On World Book Night, hundreds of volunteers are given books – different books each year – and their task is to give them away to those who might not normally sit down with a good story, or those who might not own many books. It’s a chance for these volunteers to share their love of reading, and a chance for the lucky ones who are chosen to receive new books to experience what it’s like to delve into the pages for the first time. Each volunteer will be sent 16 copies of the book they’ve been allocated, and it’s down to them to decide who – and how – to give the copies away. Perhaps they will walk down the road and spot likely looking candidates. Maybe they’ll hold a local event where they will read some of the book and give copies away there. The choices are almost endless. As well as F