About Cityread London

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. Taking the chosen novel as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place across London’s libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues.

Cityread London is a London libraries festival that was created, designed and delivered by Stellar Libraries CIC till forming as an independent charity, Cityread London Ltd, in 2016.

You can find out more about us, our trustees and partners here.

Cityread London is supported and funded by Arts Council England, Audible, an Amazon Company, and OverDrive.

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Previous Cityread Campaigns

Cityread London was first celebrated in 2012 to coincide with Dickens’s 200th birthday. London has one of the richest, most fascinating and entertaining literary traditions in the world. From the opening of The Canterbury Tales to the dénouement of The Da Vinci Code, our city has inspired countless incredible stories and nurtured endless amazing writers.

Each year we choose a different book to focus our celebration on and, whether delving into the past, exploring contemporary life or imagining an alternative reality, they are all brilliant reads.

Previous books have included:

Ten Days by Gillian Slovo

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

My Dear I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young

A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens


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