Bard day’s night at Burgh Halls

Books are the star attraction at World Book Night
Books are the star attraction at World Book Night

The joy of literature and the genius of Shakespeare will be celebrated at Linlithgow Burgh Halls on Saturday night.

World Book Night was launched back in 2011 and has been held all over Britain. Now this prestigious annual event comes to Linlithgow for the first time on a day which also marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

A World Book Night spokesman said: “Since The Reading Agency organised the first World Book Night five years ago, an extraordinary group of 56,000 volunteers has been created, giving books away to over two million people.

“Over 400 passionate book lovers, both individuals and organisations, from across Scotland have successfully applied to be World Book Night volunteers this year and dozens of Scottish institutions will be taking part in the distribution of the books, including libraries, hospitals, prisons, colleges, schools and homeless shelters.”

Designed to encourage people to read and enjoy books, Linlithgow’s World Book Night will be chaired by local historian and author Bruce Jamieson from 7pm and will include readings, a fun literary quiz and lots of prizes and free books up for grabs.

Owner of popular Linlithgow bookshop Far From The Madding Crowd Sally Pattle will also give a talk on the importance of books.

People can register their interest to attend the event by e-mailing burgh.halls@westlothian.giov.uk or calling (01506) 282720.