City Reads 2013

Published On August 11, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

When: 13 – 19 September
Where: Various Venues

One book. One City. A thousand conversations.

City Reads is an annual citywide reading festival which aims to spread a love of books and ideas to the widest possible audience throughout Brighton & Hove. The project is run by Collected Works CIC: a Reader Development organisation based in Brighton specialising in innovative literature events (large and small scale).

City Reads is a simple concept. An exciting programme of live events, workshops, readings and much more will be themed around Guards! Guards! in September and October of this year designed to encourage the whole community to get reading and talking about books.

With world-wide book sales of over 85 million and work translated into 37 languages, Sir Terry is a phenomenon and there are lots of events inspired by his work that you can get involved with.

“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp” – Terry Pratchett


Guards! Guards! Live

An interactive live reading from Stephen Briggs’ stage adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! Along with delicious food, live music and locally sourced ale.

Hove Lawns
Fri 13 Sep
£24 (including supper)


Scales and Terrifying Tales

Join artists Bec Britain and Sharon Mee (Same Sky) to create the terrifying scales for a Guards! Guards! inspired dragon that has invaded the Library. The giant dragon will take over the Library’s main hall.

Jubilee Children’s Library
Sat 14 Sep
11am – 4pm


City Reads Book Quiz

Test your knowledge on all things literary for book lovers of all persuasions. With a special Terry Pratchett round.

The Latest Music Bar (Upstairs)
Tue 17 Sep


Jess Richards – Creating Other Worlds

Novelist Jess Richards, an avid Discworld fan, discusses the ins and outs of creating worlds that have their own culture, geography and history and delves into the what it takes to write a novel based in a fantasy setting.

Waterstone’s Brighton
Thurs 19 Sep


Vintage Fair: Featuring the Book Doctor

Vintage bargains await with stalls selling accessories, clothes, home ware and even furniture. Come have a good old rummage!

The Old Market
Sat 21 Sep
10am – 4.30pm
£2 (on the door)


Book Doctor

A book a day keeps the doctor away…unless your book choices are tired and boring! Find the cure for your bad literary decisions and visit the Book Doctor to remedy your reading.

The Old Market
Sat 21 Sep
2pm – 4pm


Baron Munchausen

Terry Gilliam’s 1988 films recounts the Baron Munchausen’s adventures through dreamlike lands along with his band of oddballs and a host of fantastic characters. With an imagination to rival Terry Pratchett’s this film will appeal to all fans of the Discworld.

Duke of York’s at Komedia
Adult £9.60/Child £5.60/Student/Senior £8.60
Sun 22 Sep


Terry Pratchett and Friends

Sir Terry Pratchett and friends take to the stage. Whether your a seasoned reader of Discworld or just beginning to enter the strange and magical world of Sir Terry, come along to celebrate the pleasure of reading.

Concert Hall, Brighton Dome
Sun 29 Sep
From £15 (£12 conc)

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