I am so delighted and honoured to hear I have been chosen as one of the Givers for this year. The purpose of World Book Night (WBN) is to encourage those who perhaps don't read for pleasure and to share the love of reading and books. On the 23rd of April 2014, 20,000 givers will gift half a million books to their new owners. The only condition of accepting a book is to agree to read it and to either keep it or pass it on as you see fit.
I participated in WBN last year and blogged about my experience here. I spent my time in an Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department and gave my books to patients, relatives and staff. It was a lovely experience for me as the books were really well received and I was particularly touched by how grateful people were. My masterplan had been not to disturb the working of the department but the nursing staff were absolutely stars and keen to help me identify suitable patients to access to offer a book to and to hear more about what WBN was all about.
There were some funny moments too. A nurse and a patient and his wife were convinced I was dispensing Bibles. On finding out I wasn't one was relieved and the other disappointed! The other funny was when I inadvertently tried to gift 'The No1 Ladies Detective Agency' book to two male CID Officers who looked completely scandalised.
This year I plan to do the same in a different A&E department. I have been lucky to get my first choice book which is .59seconds by Richard Wiseman. I thought if I were waiting in a stressful environment I'd want something short, thought provoking and possibly a conversation starter. It also fits in well with the self improvement messages so beloved of hospitals.
I can't wait till I do this again but am pragmatically glad of the delay between now and April. Right now if I lurched in with my crutch and gammy knee I'd get lobbed into triage and mistaken for one of the casualties!