One City One Book 2014 programme revealed
The annual celebration of local writing returns to Belfast for it's third year.
The Poets' Wives by leading Belfast author, David Park has been chosen as the novel for this year's One City One Book campaign. The critically acclaimed novel tells the story of three women, born in different times, in different places, each destined to play the role of a poet's wife.
An exciting programme of community based readings, talks and film screenings has been unveiled, with many of the events free to attend, all of which have been inspired by the themes and issues addressed in the novel. Events will take place in a range of venues including Ormeau Library, The Strand Arts Centre, Queens Film Theatre, the Ulster Hall and the Belfast Telegraph Offices.
Highlights include the opening event on Thursday 1st May in Ormeau Library, when David Park will read extracts from novel. While UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, musician John Sampson and Belfast's own Poet Laureate, Sinead Morrissey will celebrate an evening of music and poetry to mark the end of Sinead's tenure as Laureate on Wednesday 14th May at Movie House Cinema, Yorkgate.
David Park has chosen a series of classic, inspirational films including To Kill a Mockingbird and Doctor Zhivago to screen at the Queens Film Theatre as part of the events programme. The films are some of David's personal favourites, and have a close association with the themes addressed in his novel.
The Arts Council is also pleased to announce that the One City One Book campaign will also be coming to Derry-Londonderry with a series of events planned to take place in the Verbal Arts Centre on Thursday 8th and Thursday 22nd May.
The programme of events is supported by Belfast City Council, Translink, Libraries NI, Clements, Belfast Telegraph, Literary Belfast, Bloomsbury and U105.