Voting now open for London’s Big Read 2019 celebrating female empowerment

London's Big Read 2019

Voting is now open for London’s BIG READ 2019 campaign which is celebrating female empowerment.

Londoners are being called to action to vote for their ‘favourite book of 2019’. Fourteen books have been selected across fiction and non-fiction under a theme of female empowerment.

A range of titles including poetry, middle grade and YA, have been selected to be part of the campaign – including A History of the World in 21 Women: A Personal Selection by Jenni Murray; What Would Boudicca Do? Everyday Problems Solved by History’s Most Remarkable Women by Elizabeth Foley & Beth Coates; and Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton.

The aim of London’s BIG READ is to the bring the Capital together through reading books that expand our understanding of our community and express the diversity of this great city.

The 2019 theme is female empowerment. June Sarpong, author of Diversify, was the inaugural winner of London’s BIG READ 2018, with a theme of diversity. Over the next ten months, the 2019 campaign is designed to encourage Londoners to get excited about reading, discover new books and vote for their ‘favourite book of 2019’.

London’s BIG READ 2019 is partnered with the Children’s Literary Charity and Ndoro Children’s Charity to raise money through myriad funraising activities, culminating in a gala ceremony and charity auction in September 2019, at which the winner will be officially announced. The shortlisted books are all available to buy from LIBRARY members club, with £1 from each sale going to the Children’s Literacy Charity and a further £1 going to the Ndoro Children’s Charity.

Speaking about the campaign, Ronald Ndoro, Founder of LIBRARY, said, “We are delighted that London’s BIG READ has found such strong resonance and support in its second edition and will continue to do so throughout this year-long campaign.”

“Our hope is that this activity will bring Londoners together in conversation, shine a light on pressing issues around female empowerment, and – through our charity partnerships – support the tremendous work that The Children’s Literacy Charity does in setting up Literacy Labs across London.”

Alison Simpson
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Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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