Tamil Reading Group reads Oliver Twist

The Tamil Reading Group meets on the last Saturday of every month at Willesden Green Library and last Saturday (28th April) as part of the London-wide Cityread programme, the group read and discussed the translated summary of Oliver Twist. Yamuna Tharmendiran founder member and facilitator said:

“When the reading was over some of the members were interested to know more about Charles Dickens and his work. I am sure the session has inspired  them to learn more about him”

This was great news as ALAG’s intention in producing these translations had been precisely this and the Tamil Reading Group’s support and participation is highly appreciated. Here are some photos of the group in action:



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:


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:


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.

What’s new for 2012?

Oliver Twist is the chosen book for Cityread London April 2012

Happy (belated) New Year to all ALAG members and followers of our blog. It has been a busy start to the year as following on from our meeting in December 2011, ALAG are going full steam ahead to provide resources to use for the forthcoming Cityread London promotion in April 2012. Members are going to translate summaries of the chosen title: Oliver Twist in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Tamil and Urdu so that they can be used by reading groups from diverse backgrounds. The promotion is going to be in all London boroughs and ALAG’s idea is to include all Londoners in the Cityread. It’s a big task but we are definitely up for it!

Translations will be available to buy at £50 per language and if libraries need a facilitator for their reading group / event ALAG can also provide this (subject to availability), at a very reasonable £75. ALAG’s initiative has been publicised at the recent Cityread marketing meeting and we already have many enquiries and orders coming in – great news for Londoners!

To tie in with Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday on 7th February, ALAG members are planning a trip to the Dickens’ Museum – look out for more details.

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