Townhill community celebrate World Book Night


The Mayhill and Townhill community celebrated World Book Night this month with the help from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 

World Book Night is a global initiative organised by the Reading Agency and includes distributing free books to communities across Britain with the aim of re-engaging adults with reading.

“It was a successful event and an excellent example of the community engagement that goes on across the University” said Zoe Murphy, UWTSD Community Engagement Officer.

The World Book Night took place at the Phoenix Centre and included free food, free books and free performances for the community. The event was in partnership with Townhill Library and the Phoenix Centre. Performances included Poets On The Hill, who are currently supported by UWTSD as one of their community projects, local musician Sarah Passmore and a piece from UWTSD Applied Drama students Charley Binding and Tristan Davies.

Two students from the Fine Art Foundation degree at UWTSD also helped with the decoration of the event by re-purposing old books.

Jessica Burtonshaw, student, said;

“I have really enjoyed getting involved with the event and using the skills that I have learnt through my course. I also found meeting the community members and other creative groups extremely interesting and it has made me want to get involved with more events like this.”

Charley Binding, 3rd year Applied Drama student, who has done a placement at Communities First East said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement and the World Book Night event was so much fun. I left the evening feeling so inspired; performing for the community was a great experience.”

Over 40 books were given out to the community on the evening and attendees included the vicar of St Nicholas Church Rev Alison Jones Alison and local PCSO’s.

Sue Millward, Townhill Library Manager said: “World Book Night was a great event and it was lovely to see so many of the community members attend and take books. Thank you to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for organising and supporting the event.”

There was also a cross community element to the event as members of a ladies group, Sharon Wellington and Natalie Chilcott, from Communities First East attended the evening. Sharon said:

“It has been a brilliant evening and I am really glad I gathered the confidence to attend. I really enjoyed all the performances and the fact we were able to take brand new books home. It will definitely encourage me to read more.”

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