ALAG members meet on 28th March 2012

Find out what ALAG members have been discussing and their plans for the future. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 27th June 2012 at CILIP HQ.

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ALAG events for Cityread London April 2012

Brent Libraries Arts & Heritage

On Thursday 5th April 2012 at Ealing Road Library Gulshan Iqbal, Chair of ALAG read Oliver Twist in Urdu. Twenty two people attended and enjoyed the story and discussed the similarities in society now and in Charles Dickens’ time. There was alot of enthusiam for the story and particularly that young people were able to hear it in Urdu.

Hounslow Libraries

Customers were given the opportunity to read and discuss Oliver Twist in Hindi and Panjabi. The reading group which met at Hounslow Library on 4th April was well attended and a lively discussion was held as those present related to Oliver’s experiences and likened them to their own when they first came to England and the hardships that had to be overcome.

To find out more about these events and where Oliver Twist will be discussed in Gujarati, Tamil and Bengali click on the link below:

http://www.asianimage.co.uk/news/united_kingdom/9599403.Dickens_in_Urdu__Punjabi_and_Gujarati_/

Many thanks to Gulshan for facilitating both events so successfully and to ALAG members Kamaljit and Aruna for their support.

Cityread London: the whole of London reads Oliver Twist in April 2012

Cityread London is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens by encouraging Londoners to read the chosen title: Oliver Twist. A wide range of activities for adults and children are on offer throughout April 2012 and details of what is happening in your borough can be found here:

http://www.cityreadlondon.org.uk/index.html                             Image

ALAG have also had a major input in the celebrations as we have provided a translated summary of the Oliver Twist story in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Urdu and Tamil. Most of the translations have been done by ALAG members to ensure that the programmes on offer are inclusive and cater for the diverse populations throughout London. These translations have created quite a buzz as can be seen by clicking on the link below to view an article publised in Asian Image news:

http://www.asianimage.co.uk/news/united_kingdom/9599403.Dickens_in_Urdu__Punjabi_and_Gujarati_/

So far Brent, Hounslow, Harrow, Greenwich and Haringey have taken up the offer to purchase the translations but as the celebrations continue throughout 2012 it is expected that other library authorities outside of London will also want to make them available for their reading groups.

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