Forthcoming BBC events for book-lovers

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by Ian Anstice in Latest Libraries News

Radio 4 Bookclub 20th Anniversary

BBC Radio 4 LogoThe early summer sees the 20th anniversary of Radio 4’s Bookclub, the original BBC Bookclub, presented by James Naughtie on the first Sunday and following Thursday of every month.  Jim has presented every one of over 200 episodes, interviewing, along with a select group of readers, a vast range of novelists, the occasional poet, children’s writer and non-fiction author.  Every single programme is available to download and keep via:

It’s free and a great opportunity to meet a writer at close quarters and hear them dissect a favourite work.  There’s wine too!  Details of forthcoming recordings are always on the website along with how to get in touch.  We are always keen to have new listeners along though places are limited.

Highlights this year:

#LovetoRead is celebrating book clubs this year and Radio 4 Bookclub will be at the heart of this.

From our May programme through to July we will be celebrating with some special authors – and hopefully some special readers in the audience.

As part of #LovetoRead on R4Extra and BBC Arts online, we highlight Bookclub’s magnificent roll call of writers with five authors from our list introducing their favourite programme from the archive.

And we’ll have a specially commissioned animation to share pointing to the many joys of the archive.

And in early November we hope to have a truly global Bookclub to celebrate the annual #LovetoRead weekend, when Jim will come together with Harriet Gilbert and our World Book Club audience from World Service – of upwards of 20 million listeners – in a unique joint Bookclub.  Details to be announced.


The BBC Short Story Awards – bigger than ever with new partners Cambridge University and First Story.

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University.  This year’s judges are TV’s Mel Giedroyc, multi award- winning writers Ben Markovits, K J Orr, Sarah Howe and the Books Editor Di Speirs.  The #bbcnssa is currently open for entries from published writers who are British Nationals or UK residents.  Full details on how to enter and eligibility are here and the closing date March 12th.


The Student Critics Award with Cambridge University and First Story, to foster the nation’s next generation of critical readers.  Over 20 schools will participate directly in reading the NSSA anthology and learning some key critical tools.  Schools can apply in April via the website.  And in September there will be a huge set of online resources available for schools, libraries, young readers groups, online.   Full details of how to apply to take part or simply use the resources soon.

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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