Fast Show star launches World Book Day
February 29, 2012
Teenagers were on the edge of their seats when top horror writer and comedian Charlie Higson came to town to mark tomorrow’s World Book Day.
A huge gathering of 400 pupils from more than 20 schools were at Highdown School in Emmer Green yesterday to be inspired by the creator of the hugely successful Young Bond series.
Among those lucky enough to hear Fast Show star Higson, who also wrote The Enemy zombie adventure series, were pupils from Reading’s Highdown, Leighton Park and Reading School, Bulmershe in Woodley, Sonning’s Blue Coat and Forest and Holt, both in Wokingham.
Schoolchildren all over the borough will be getting World Book Day vouchers tomorrow to exchange for free books.
Deirdre Smith of WordPlay Books and Toys, in Prospect Street, Caversham is reminding parents of children in full time education to ensure they get their World Book Day Vouchers from their schools and colleges.
She said: "The vouchers can be exchanged for a free book or can be used to gain £1 off another children’s book.
"With the free titles ranging from books by Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Holly Webb and Roald Dahl to Where’s Wally Now, Skulduggery Pleasant and Winnie Flies Again, there is something to interest everyone.
"This is a great opportunity to get children and young people into bookshops and get them reading in Reading."