World Book Day Festival

 

Welcome to the 2nd World Book Day Online Festival!

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What's an online festival?

Today, World Book Day, Thursday 4 March 2004, sees the launch of the 2nd World Book Day Online Festival, where all events happen virtually, on the Internet. Last year's Festival attracted readers from 100 countries, and we hope to see even more this year.

Whatever your age, there is something here for you, and we hope you enjoy the fantastic range of events on offer. You can see films featuring nationally and internationally known authors talking about what they love to read, and looking at the reading experience from different and entertaining angles, as well as talking about or reading from their own work. You can also spend the day chatting online with our featured authors, as well as with fellow readers. You can share your reading passions with them, as well as exploring new genres and titles, or surfing the net for new reading ideas. Don't forget to vote online too, for your favourite event!

The World Book Day Online Festival offers a unique and exciting day for readers who'd like to take a first step at using the internet, or for those already familiar with it. You can also take part in the Festival at public libraries across the UK, many of which are offering special reading and writing activities during the day.

Who's it for?

It's for everyone! A range of events is aimed at children of all ages, including an "out of school" slot, and at adults, including lunchtime and early evening slots for adult workers. If you're in a readers' group, this is a great opportunity to have an extra meeting on such a special day in your library venue, and get together with other readers' groups. And if you miss any of the events during the day, no problem: all events will be instantly archived, so you can go back to them later in the day - or at any other time.

Extra local activities

The Festival is being delivered through the People's Network, a Lottery-funded initiative giving everyone access to the Internet through their public library. If you are logging on today from a public library, do ask what activities the library has arranged for the day. Libraries across the UK are organising activities linked to individual Festival events, as well as involving local writers, readers and readers' groups in additional World Book Day activity.

Schools are also creating their own linked events, and working in partnership with libraries to involve as many children as possible in the day. You may of course be logging on from home, school or work, here or abroad. Wherever you are, whatever your age, we hope you enjoy the 2nd World Book Day Online Festival, and all the pleasures it offers readers and book lovers everywhere.

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JK Rowling

JK Rowling Chat - All
10.00am - 11.00am

Chat with JK Rowling about her books, her writing and the kind of books she likes to read. The chat will include 12 questions from winners of our national schools competition, and one question from the winner of the BBC1 Newsround competition.

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JK Rowling is a storyteller who has discovered the magic ingredient so many seek. Her Harry Potter books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, inspired a new generation of readers and reaffirmed the power and appeal of writing for children. The fifth volume, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is one of the fastest selling books in history.

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters Video - Adults
1.00pm - 1.05pm

From the very contemporary setting of Swiss Cottage Library, Sarah Waters shows how she brings history to life in her novels.

 

Sarah Waters, selected this year as one of Granta's 20 Best of Young British Novelists, challenges sexual stereotypes in classic fiction that has drawn comparisons with Charles Dickens. Her latest bestseller, Fingersmith, uses the dark underside of Victorian London as a backdrop to her not-so-innocent female characters. Her first novel, Tipping the Velvet, inspired and jolted readers and TV audiences alike.

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson Video - 9-13 yr olds
4.00pm - 4.05pm

One of our best-loved children's writers, Jacqueline Wilson replies to 100s of fan letters every week. See why in this touching film.

 

Four books in the BBC Big Read Top 100 are a testament to Jacqueline Wilson's dead cert "tweenager" appeal. 'She talks our language,' proclaim the many fans of Tracy Beaker and Double Act. This truth is dazzlingly demonstrated in her new titles, The Worry Website and Midnight. She is an avid reader and book collector herself, and at the last count owned 15,000 volumes.

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Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby Video - Adults
6.00pm - 6.05pm

Nick Hornby takes a wry look at book/film adaptations - his own and others - and we get the views from the street.

 

Nick Hornby writes masterfully about blokes - blokes who love football and music, blokes who struggle to express their feelings, and blokes who search for meaning and identity in a world of ever changing rules and roles. His direct, poignant and laugh-outloud books have transferred with great success to screen, as in runaway hits High Fidelity and About a Boy. His new book of non-fiction, 31 Songs, considers the sound track of his life.

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz Video - 9-13 yr olds
6.00pm - 6.05pm

Anthony Horowitz talks from the London Aquarium about his Alex Rider books, spies and sharks. The rest is Top Secret.

 

Cross Tintin with James Bond? Teenage fans will recognise a combination that inspired prolific writer and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz. His reluctant super-spy hero, 14-year-old Alex Rider, displays wit, danger and a sense of adventure. The latest bestselling Rider books, Skeleton Key and Eagle Strike, keep the thrills coming, and his next, Scorpia, is due soon.

 

JK Rowling - 10.00am - 11.00am
 10.00am - 11.00am
 
JK Rowling
Chat with JK Rowling about her books, writing and the kind of books she likes to read. Includes Qs from winners of our national schools competition.
Chat: All
 
 
 
 1.00pm - 1.05pm
 
Sarah Waters
From the very contemporary setting of Swiss Cottage Library, Sarah Waters shows how she brings history to life in her novels.
Video: Adults
 
 
 
 4.00pm - 4.05pm
 
Jacqueline Wilson
One of our best-loved children's writers, Jacqueline Wilson replies to 100s of fan letters every week. See why in this touching film.
Video: 9-13 yr olds
 
 
 
 6.00pm - 6.05pm
 
Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby takes a wry look at book/film adaptations - his own and others - and we get the views from the street.
Video: Adults
 
 
 
 
 10.00am - 10.05am
 
Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt
Kes and Nick bring their Daisy books to life in a hilarious double-act from the Sunshine Library in Wakefield.
Video: Under 5s
 
 
 
 1.00pm - 1.05pm
 
Debi Gliori
Debi takes us on a Teddy Bear's Picnic. Watch out for her brand new character, Vesper the Bat!
Video: Under 5s
 
 
 
 4.00pm - 4.05pm
 
Benjamin Zephaniah
See Benjamin in performance at Westminster Hall, then talking to us about overcoming dyslexia to become an avid reader.
Video: 13-16 yr olds
 
 
 
 6.00pm - 6.05pm
 
Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz talks from the London Aquarium about his Alex Rider books, spies and sharks. The rest is Top Secret.
Video: 9-13 yr olds
 
 
 
 
 10.00am - 10.05am
 
Minette Walters
Crime writer Minette Walters talks from her own home about the books that have inspired and influenced her.
Video: Adults
 
 
 
 1.00pm - 2.00pm
 
Jamila Gavin
Join Jamila Gavin for a live web chat, and ask about her dazzling books, life and travels.
Chat: 11-16 yr olds
 
 
 
 4.00pm - 5.00pm
 
Jackie Kay
Chat online with Jackie about her transition from poet to novelist, and about her own reading loves.
Chat: Adults
 
 
 
 6.00pm - 7.00pm
 
Tony Hawks
What makes Tony Hawks do such silly things? And why do we love them so much? Ask him!
Chat: Adults
 
 

 

 

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