My Dear I wanted to tell you….

MDIWTTY book coverCityread 2014 is on its way!

ALAG  are really proud to be working with Stellar Libraries and the Cityread team once again and this time we have expanded our language offer to Bengali, Cantonese, Gujarati, Hindi, Mandarin, Panjabi, Tamil, Urdu and of course English.

ALAG are providing a translated synopsis of the chosen book for Cityread London 2014:

My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young  to seven library authorities in London: Brent, Harrow & Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston, Redbridge, Wandsworth and the Chinese Community Centre in Soho.

Cityread is all about bringing reading to life and bringing Londoners together. Providing  these translations will ensure that ALL Londoners have the opportunity to take part in the many events and activities planned by each London borough. It’s not too late to request a translation for your library customers in time for  Cityread 2014  which will run throughout April.

For more information contact: monnarizvi@googlemail.com

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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