My Dear I wanted to tell you…. about the Tamil Reading Group Cityread event in Brent Libraries

As Cityread 2014 comes to a close at the end of April you still have a chance to experience reading brought to life on Saturday 26th April from 1.45 – 4.30pm at the fabulous Wembley Library. The Tamil Reading group which meets every month will be discussing My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young using the translated synopsis beautifully produced by Tamil Reading Group member Rani Srinivasan on behalf of ALAG.

Full details of the event can be found here:

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To add to the occasion, videographer Sophie Williams from the Look Left Look Right team and Cityread organiser Andy Ryan will be attending and hoping to film the reading group in action. Judging by the above poster it is going to be a colourful and vibrant afternoon – not to be missed!


My Dear I wanted to tell you discussed at Slough Library

On Tuesday 15th April, ALAG in partnership with Slough Libraries hosted a Cityread event using the translated synopsis in Urdu, Panjabi, Hindi and English. 16 adults and 5 children attended and had an enjoyable time.

ALAG members Gulshan Iqbal, Kamaljit Bedi, Jolly Chakraborty and Monna Rizvi also attended with Kamaljit giving a detailed account of the story in Hindi and Gulshan sharing Urdu poetry with guests.

The book was well received and created a lively discussion around the theme of war, both current and past and how people’s lives are affected forever even after the war ends.

Here are some photos that we would like to share with you:

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Final Cityread & Look Left Look Right performance event – Club Forty Four

Tickets for the final Cityread pop-up performance are on sale now for the bargain price of 9d (that’s £1.65 in new money…).  Be transported back in time to Club Forty Four, a 1918 Soho jazz bar, with Riley, Peter et al.  Wednesday 23 April, 9.30pm, Soho Theatre.

These are looking likely to sell out in no time, advise booking soon…

For those of you not lucky enough to get tickets for last week’s theatrical walk in South Kensington with Riley Purefoy, here’s a snippet of what you missed.  The full audio can be downloaded from  Its quite beautiful.


Cityread discussion in Urdu and Panjabi

Ealing Road Library customers take part in Cityread 2014

Ealing Road Library customers take part in Cityread 2014


Many thanks to Brent Libraries staff for organising this Cityread event. Copies of My Dear I wanted to tell you are available to borrow at all Brent Libraries and look out for more exciting Cityread activities for adults and children. To find out more go to:

Urdu and Panjabi Cityread event at Ealing Road Library, Brent TODAY!

Ealing Road Library will be hosting the next ALAG Cityread today (Monday 14th April 2014) from 4pm to 6pm. Discussions will take place in Urdu and Panjabi:

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Join in and receive a free copy of the translated synopsis of the book: My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young

Hayes Citizen Group remember WW1

ALAG facilitators start off the discussion

ALAG facilitators start off the discussion

On Friday 11th April ALAG facilitators took members of the Hayes Citizen Group on a trip down memory lane. Many of the groups relatives had fought in the Great War and they remembered stories told by their parents and grandparents. Translations of the Cityread chosen book: My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young were used to stimulate the discussion in Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati and Tamil, as well as English.

Hayes Citizen Group members discuss My Dear I wanted to tell you

Hayes Citizen Group members discuss My Dear I wanted to tell you

Many thanks to ALAG members  Gulshan Iqbal, Kamaljit Bedi and guest facilitators Shanthi Ahilathirunayagam and Vyomesh Joshi for making the afternoon  enjoyable and stimulating  by bringing the book to life and reaching members of the Hayes community who may not have otherwise been involved with Cityread 2014.


This exciting event took place at Botwell Library (formerly known as Hayes Library),  in partnership with Hillingdon Libraries and with the help and support of their enthusiastic and dedicated library staff – many thanks to all who took part!







Cityread in Urdu at Balham Library

ALAG’s Urdu facilitator Gulshan Iqbal attended the Cityread London 2014 event at Balham Library recently and regular visitors to the library enjoyed a lively discussion about the characters and WW1 story brought to life in My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young, in Urdu.

Gulshan Iqbal (centre) and Wandswoth Libraries staff celebrate Cityread London 2014 in Urdu

Gulshan Iqbal (centre) and Wandswoth Libraries staff celebrate Cityread London 2014 in Urdu

Wandsworth Libraries will be hosting a similar event in Tamil with Librarian Therese Rajadurai and have more Cityread events lined up throughout April for adults and children. Click on the link below for more details:

ALAG would like to thank Wandsworth Libraries and Balham Library staff in particular for their help and support in making this event such a success, bringing reading to life  for their local community.

Cityread 2014 – forthcoming events

Things are really hotting up with a whole array of events to celebrate Cityread 2014 and the whole of London and beyond reading My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young.

English not your first language or you prefer to read in another language? No worries, ALAG have produced a synopsis of the book in Bengali, Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Tamil and Urdu. Take your pick from some of these events where the story set in World War 1 will be read and discussed in a variety of languages.

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Ace videographer Sophie Williams and the fabulous Look Left Look Right team have created this short video trail for Cityread 2014:

Click on the link to watch your favourite characters from My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young, come to life and get a taste of the many Cityread events and activities which will be taking place throughout April!



The Indian contribution to WW1

As Cityread 2014 gets underway here is an informative article published recently in the Times of India which examines India’s role in WWI. Click on the link below:


For more information about Cityread 2014 visit:


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