As a UNESCO City of Literature, Exeter Live Better is launching a competition to celebrate World Book Day on 4 March and is encouraging people of all ages across the city to get involved.
The theme of this year’s World Book Day is ‘Share a Story’ and Exeter residents are invited to join in the fun by sharing the title of their favourite book that’s helped them get through lockdown, with a short explanation as to why it has helped them. Residents are being asked to share through the social media pages of Exeter Live Better – the platform that celebrates all that is unique in the city.
Under normal circulstances, World Book Day is celebrated in schools by children dressing up as their favourite character. In the absence of that opportunity this year, families are being encouraged to get involved by sharing the title of their favourite book, story or poem with others. It's also a way to celebrate Exeter's part of a global network of 39 cities that specialise in literature, which is an accolade we can all be proud of.
Three submissions will be chosen at random, and the winners will be awarded a book token to spend in one of the city’s independent bookshops.
Cllr Amal Ghusain, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture at Exeter City Council, said that the idea came about because the Exeter Live Better team wanted to celebrate World Book Day while pupils are still not back at school.
She said: “Exeter is a city famous for its love of stories within our communities, and our recent designation as a UNESCO City of Literature gives us even more reason to mark World Book Day this year. Exeter Live Better is all about being ‘the brilliant alternative’ so we thought we’d try to celebrate stories slightly differently this year and offer people the chance to get involved from home.
“We also wanted to offer people of all ages the opportunity to take part and encourage them to share the title of their favourite book or story with others across the city.”
Those wishing to get involved can find out more on Exeter Live Better’s social media pages, or searching for the hashtag #TheBrilliantAlternative.