Swanswell’s taking part in a novel idea to get people reading

01 March 2011

Swanswell’s joining 20,000 passionate book lovers this week by giving away dozens of books as part of World Book Night.

Swanswell - a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use - will be given copies of Selected Poems by Seamus Heaney to hand out to clients from 5 March (World Book Night).     

The books have been provided by the organisers of World Book Night, which is an industry-wide idea to celebrate books and reading, with 20,000 readers giving out one million books to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.   

Staff from Swanswell will hand out copies to clients in Rugby, Leamington, Nuneaton and Coventry, who’ve already expressed an interest in taking part. In Birmingham, Support Worker Dean Gammon will use pedal power to distribute books to his clients – a round trip of at least 30 miles and he’ll be raising money for Comic Relief along the way. 

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We’re really excited that we’ve been chosen to take part in World Book Night and believe it’s a great opportunity to encourage our clients to read something they may not otherwise have had the chance to read.

‘Reading has some fantastic therapeutic values that can stimulate the imagination, so we hope it will inspire any budding authors among our clients in to writing their own literary masterpieces.’

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