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Manor House Hotels become official partner of World Book Night to help spread the joy of reading
21 April 2015
Thousands of books to be gifted to people across Ireland on Thursday 23rd April 2015
Manor House Hotels - Ireland’s largest group of independently owned manor house and castle hotels – has become the official partner of World Book Night in Ireland to help spread the joy of reading by encouraging guests and staff alike to pick up a book, read it, and then pass it on to someone else who has perhaps forgotten what it is like to get lost in between the covers of a great read.
Guests staying at each of Manor House Hotels’ 29 properties on the night of Thursday 23rd April will find a copy of Roddy Doyle’s Dead Man Talking under their pillow with a note asking them to help the book go on a journey of its own by passing it on to someone else who will, in turn, pass it on themselves. Copies will also be left in hotel staff rooms, at reception and in bars and lounges for people to pick up, read and pass on.
Manor House Hotels has a long tradition of supporting literature and literacy and a number of its properties have published books telling the story of their buildings and local social history.
Speaking about the partnership Manor House Hotels brand chairperson Máire O’Connor said: “Books are wonderful things. They can help you learn and help you relax. They can transport you to places you have never been to and introduce you to new people every time you turn the page.
“As hoteliers, we know that a great many of our guests do not have the time to read on a regular basis and some may not have picked up a book in more than a year which makes our properties, many of which are in beautiful countryside locations, the ideal setting to enjoy a good read.
“Equally, many people who live close to our hotels do not have easy access to a library or bookshop. This is particularly challenging for older people who may not not be able to travel to the larger towns and cities or be able to purchase or read books online which is why we will also be giving books away to locals who would like to pop in on Thursday 23rd April.
“Some of our properties will also be holding special World Book Night events to which locals and guest alike are invited. Others will be gifting books to local schools, nursing homes or community groups, for example.”
This is the fifth year that World Book Night has taken place. Run by The Reading Agency, the national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers, it aims to celebrate the enrichment that reading and books can bring to people’s lives as well as shine a light on volunteering and social action. More than 46,000 volunteer givers have passed on over two million books to people across the UK and Ireland since 2010.
Rose Goddard, project manager for World Book Night at The Reading Agency said: “At The Reading Agency we believe that everything changes when we read, and World Book Night is a crucial part of the work we do to encourage those who may not already read to begin their own reading journey.
“We are very happy to be working with Manor House Hotels who will help to make many thousands of reading journeys possible throughout Ireland, in conjunction with our huge network of volunteers, as Roddy Doyle’s brilliant and accessible book is shared and passed on.”
This year, 10,000 registered volunteer givers, 150 of whom are in Ireland, will, between them, gift 250,000 books from the overall World Book Night list which comprises 20 titles. There will also be a number of institutional volunteer givers in Ireland such as colleges and schools, hospitals and care services and literacy and learning support organisations, as well as a number of libraries hosting World Book Night events.
The list contains a lively mixture of bestselling favourites from the leading lights of the literary scene such as Linda La Plante’s Prime Suspect, James Bowen’s Street Cat Bob Quick Read, David Almond’s Skellig, Karl Pilkington’s comedy The Moaning of Life and Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, as well as books from debut authors Andy Weir with The Martian, Mary Gibson with her novel Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts and Swedish husband-and-wife crime writing duo Cilla and Rolf Börjlind.
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