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Lucy Caldwell’s All the Beggars Riding is Belfast’s choice for One City One Book 2013

Wednesday 6th February 2013 at 3pm 0 Comments Literature

The Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson with Damian Smyth Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council launching ‘One City One Book Belfast’ – an Arts Council campaign supported by Belfast City Council, Literary Belfast and Libraries NI to encourage the people Image: The Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson with Damian Smyth Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council launching ‘One City One Book Belfast’ – an Arts Council campaign supported by Belfast City Council, Literary Belfast and Libraries NI to encourage the people

The people of Belfast are being encouraged to get reading with One City One Book which returns to the city this May. 

All the Beggars Riding, the latest novel by Belfast born author Lucy Caldwell, has been selected as Belfast’s second ‘One City One Book’ read and will be the focus of this Arts Council initiative to develop the art of reading and promote Belfast’s rich creativity. Narrated by Lara, nearing forty and nursing her dying mother,the chosen book is the heartbreaking portrait of a woman confronting her past.  

Developed by the Arts Council and supported by Belfast City Council, Literary Belfast, Libraries NI, Belfast Telegraph, QFT, Faber & Faber and U105, One City One Book is a community reading initiative which aims to get the people of Belfast reading and discussing the same book throughout the entire month of May.  

Following on from the hugely successful campaign in 2012, this year’s One City One Book month long campaign promises to be bolder, brighter and packed with a bigger programme of events.   Themed around the book, the exciting programme will feature a wide range of talks, city tours and a weeklong QFT film screening hosted by well known and loved local personalities.

Noírín McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council, commented: “Whether you are a regular bookworm or an occasional reader, we want to encourage as many people as possible to get reading and talking about local literature this May. Lucy’s novel is an ideal choice for One City One Book 2013 - a touching story of a woman examining her past as she moves closer to death.  One City One Book is the perfect opportunity to rediscover books and celebrate local writing.”

LibrariesNI is hosting a series of talks as part of the programme and to support the initiative additional copies of the book will be made available in local libraries.

Irene Knox, Chief Executive, Libraries NI,  adds: “Libraries NI is pleased to support One City, One Book by hosting events in libraries in and around the Greater Belfast area. We would like to extend an open invitation to everyone to call in and enjoy the wide range of free events being held in our libraries for One City One Book this May. The selected book Lucy Caldwell’s All the Beggars Riding, will have broad appeal and extra copies of this book have been sourced for libraries, to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the One City One Book Belfast 2013 initiative.”

All the Beggars Riding, was published by Faber & Faber in February 2013 and will be serialised on Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4 in early March.  It has been chosen as both Irish Waterstone's Book of the Month as well as Eason Bookclub Choice.  The book is narrated by Lara who lost her father in a helicopter crash when she was twelve.  A prominent plastic surgeon, and Irishman, her father had honed his skills on the bomb victims of the Troubles spending most of his time in Belfast, where he led his other life.  The London based family grew up used to him being absent: he only came to London for two weekends a month to work at the Harley Street Clinic, where he met their mother years before.    

The Lord Mayor of Belfast Gavin Robinson said One City One Book is a welcome addition to the Belfast cultural calendar as the city marks the 400th anniversary of Belfast’s charter: "I am delighted to support One City One Book as part of Belfast City Council’s Literary Belfast initiative which highlights Belfast’s rich literary heritage.  There are few better ways to get to know a city than through its writers.  Our Literary Belfast app, website, exhibitions, tours and trails, will not only showcase our existing literary talent but will also ensure everyone has up to date information on events and festivals.”

Expressing her delight at having her book chosen for One City One Book 2013, Author Lucy Caldwell said : “All the Beggars Riding was an intense and passionate novel to write, and a story I'd been researching and imagining for many years.  At its heart it's a love story, and it's also my love letter to the city of Belfast.  I'm thrilled beyond words to think that it'll be read by so many people in Belfast, and by those who might not otherwise have heard of it or picked it up.  I can't wait for the conversations it'll provoke and the tales it'll inspire”.

Details of events, talks, tours and film screenings taking place as part of the 2013 programme will be announced soon.  Keep posted by visiting: www.artscouncil-ni.org and join in the conversation at www.facebook.com /ArtsCouncilNI or on Twitter @ArtsCouncilNI
 

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