Cityread goes global!

We all know what a wonderful promotion Cityread is in getting London reading but ALAG are proud to let you know that in the last couple of months we have had requests via this blog for the translations of Oliver Twist (Cityread 2012) from Pakistan and India.

Here are extracts from the messages received:

I am from new Delhi india, I want oliver twist in hindi version.
Pls let me know if you have the same.
Thanks and regards, 
Amit (Delhi, India)

please send me gujarati summury of OLIVER TWIST

Munnavar Malek (India)

Will u plz give me the summary of oliver twist in Urdu ?? I have my exam tomorrow and I get your mail I.d from the website…
Kiran Adil Hussain (Karachi, Pakistan)

This is great news as ALAG prepares the translated synopsis of  Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch  for Cityread 2015 – more exciting news to follow!


Cityread 2013

April sees the launch of Cityread London 2013 and the chosen book for 2013 is A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks. ALAG is very proud to be a part of this exciting project and are adding diversity to the programme by producing a translated synopsis of the story in the following languages: Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Urdu and Tamil. This can be enjoyed by reading groups across London and includes a translation of the main characters in the stories, a brief biography of Sebastian Faulks, key London locations and discussion questions to liven up debates and get the dialogue flowing!

This is an opportunity to get the whole of London reading and talking about the book and at £50 per language is a real bargain! Library authorities can make as many copies as they require and if they would like a facilitator to lead the discussion in a specific language, ALAG can arrange this too, at a nominal cost.

To find out more, contact ALAG members at and /or

To view the full synopsis in English, click on the link below. Authorities which have placed an order so far include Hounslow, Harrow and Camden – many thanks to them for their invaluable support and ALAG looks forward to receiving more orders and finding out the many different and creative ways in which you are planning to use these translations.

A Week in December Synopsis – edited

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:                             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:

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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