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Look Out For Book Benches Around Town

Look Out For Book Benches Around Town
Brick Lane...confusingly in Postman's Park a mile away.
Brick Lane...confusingly in Postman's Park a mile away.
Wind in the Willows brings some rural charm to the busy Bank intersection.
Wind in the Willows brings some rural charm to the busy Bank intersection.
Spot the Wisden Cricket Almanack skulking outside Guildhall.
Spot the Wisden Cricket Almanack skulking outside Guildhall.
Fever Pitch outside St Paul's.
Fever Pitch outside St Paul's.
Alex Rider, also at Bank.
Alex Rider, also at Bank.

We had Cow Parade, Elephant Parade, colourful phone boxes and Olympic mascots. The latest temporary art works dotted around town are these book benches. Fifty of the literary pews are spread across town, focused in the City, Bloomsbury, Greenwich and along the south bank of the Thames. Each features a famous book, with a design created by a local artist or celebrity.

This Books About Town event is organised by the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art. After decorating our streets for the duration of the summer, the seats will be auctioned off to raise money for the Trust.

You can download maps of the book bench trails from the official website.

Last Updated 16 July 2015