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 all 33 London boroughs in libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues.

Cityread London is a London libraries festival, created, designed and delivered by Stellar Libraries CIC.

Cityread London is supported and funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Cityread London is a terrific scheme to promote reading across the capital, by focusing on a single book that features our great city. From Charles Dickens to Peter Ackroyd and Virginia Woolf to Zadie Smith, London continues to be a source of inspiration for some of our finest writers and I hope Londoners, whether avid readers or not, will be inspired to take part in this exciting citywide initiative.”  Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

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