Cityread 2014: the video

Cityread 2014 took place in April which might seem a long time ago but Stellar Libraries (organisers of Cityread London) have produced a wonderful video highlighting the main events of this year’s programme including Brent Tamil Reading Group’s use of the translated synopsis and the importance of  ALAG’s translations to further the aims of the Cityread promotion.

ALAG is very grateful to Stellar Libraries and all the Cityread team for acknowledging our contribution and the partners that we have worked with to make it successful.

To watch this wonderful 8-minute showcase please click on the video link below:

the video


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:

Brent Cityread Tamil flyer 240314

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!

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.


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.

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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