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Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2017

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Young Dublin Readers will Borrow Knights of the Borrowed Dark For Citywide Reading Campaign


Children across Dublin are encouraged over the next two months to read about mysterious shape-shifting creatures that disappear into the shadows, as Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden is the chosen book for the 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

The launch of the 2017 campaign will take place today, at 10 a.m., in the Undercroft, in Dublin Castle, where avid and enthusiastic readers of the book will meet the author.

Speaking about this campaign, Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said “It is a pleasure to be involved with a campaign that encourages children to read and talk about books, and this year’s choice, Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden, will definitely keep young minds enthralled. The Citywide Reading Campaign is now in its sixth year and I commend all involved for their commitment to this initiative.  I hope that all the children that participate and take some time to read this book really enjoy the experience.”

Dave Rudden said, “I am honoured and delighted that Knights of the Borrowed Dark is Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s Citywide Read. This is the city that taught me how to write, and I owe so much to its vibrant, friendly and supportive literary community. There’s a wild, swashbuckling charm to Dublin that very much inspired the strange and magical world of the Knights (though thankfully with fewer clockwork women and waistcoated misery-drinkers) and I can’t wait to share it with Dublin’s young readers and help them find stories of their own.”

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Puffin Books, and runs from January to March 2017.

There will be author visits to many Dublin City Council branch libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign. The campaign ends on 19th March with a packed day of fun events based on the book, as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival’s Big Day Out in Merrion Square.

Copies of the book are available in all Dublin City Libraries as well as in all good bookshops. Details of the campaign are available at

The project is funded by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

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