Saturday, 5 April 2014

World Book Night 2014

So.... what is important about 23rd April?

It's amazing how many people in England don't know that 23rd April is St George's Day and yet he's our patron saint.

Fair enough, he was probably Turkish, probably never knew where the UK was, let alone came here, and is also the patron saint of Catalonia..... but he's ours and a good excuse for drinking a pint in his honour.


23rd April is also the anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and death, as well as the day Cervantes died. Another connection with Spain.

This year, though, the day is even more important from the literary point of view. World Book Night 2014 is being celebrated and authors, booksellers and just about everyone associated with books are giving their time and fruits of their output to encourage and foster reading.

Rick Barter, owner of The Bookshop in Lee-on-the-Solent is inviting people to come to his shop between 7.00pm and 9.00pm on 23rd April and meet a number of local, published authors and talk to them about being writers and about their books. Rick has kindly asked me to be one of those authors and I'm really thrilled at the thought of meeting some great writers and people who I hope will become fans of my Temporal Detective Agency books. 

You don't have to be invited.... just turn up and
enjoy the fun!

Hope to see you on the 23rd April.

Blog on, Dudes!


  1. I know that shop. We stay with an old friend on the seafront! Hope it's a great day for you, Richard. I wonder if Rick would let me do a book signing in June... Hmmm?

    1. Many thanks, Nik. It'll be a great experience. As to a book signing in June.... why not phone Rick and ask him? He keen to help local talent!

  2. Congratulations
    on being invited (I should think so, too!) And have a fabulous time. :-)

    1. Many thanks, Marit! It should be a great night for everybody.

  3. Hope you have a good time, Richard. It sounds really good fun!

  4. Many thanks, Teresa. I'm certain it will be!