Bookworm? This Year's Cityread Festival Is A Real Page Turner

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Bookworm? This Year's Cityread Festival Is A Real Page Turner

This is a sponsored article on behalf of Cityread London.

Cityread Festival is back for its seventh annual celebration this May, and it's got one mission: to unite the capital over a single book.

And the book chosen for the task? Jessie Burton's The Muse.

Set on a hot summer's day in 1967 London, the novel follows the story of Odelle Bastien, an aspiring writer recently arrived from Trinidad. After struggling to find her place, she gets offered a job as a typist — and it's about to change her life forever...

It's a story that'll take readers to Andalucia and back, exploring sixties London and thirties Spain — and Odelle's journey is the perfect encapsulation of everything the capital is about.

Jessie Burton, said:

I’m truly delighted that The Muse will be London’s Cityread for 2018. It’s a novel that celebrates the diversity, humour and spirit of Londoners — both those who were born here and those welcomed in to make it their home

The month-long festival sees events take place across 26 London boroughs, exploring the book's themes of arrival, the creative process, art history and family secrets.

Think of it like a massive interactive book group, with everyone reading the same page-turner...

Just some of the events that bookworms can look forward to include a month-long interactive audio-digital installation, live music events, life-drawing classes, and workshops exploring stories from the streets of Soho, art and women in 1960s London.

Plus, don't miss In Conversation With... Jessie Burton at The London Library — your chance to hear from the author herself.

Cityread London takes place throughout May. Click here to find out more.

Last Updated 25 April 2018