Ben Aaronovitch entertains at Kilburn Library

Cityread Kilburn Monna and Ben 200415Ben’s visit to Kilburn Library entertained and enthralled attendees. His wit and humorous take on the many questions fired at him made the audience laugh out loud and gain a valuable insight to what inspired him to write and create such wonderful characters as Peter Grant, Mama Thames and Beverley Brook, to name a few.

ALAG Secretary, Monna Rizvi is pictured with Ben during the book signing at the end of the wonderful evening. To find out which library Ben will be visiting next check out the official website for Cityread 2015:

and for those of you who choose to read in Tamil – don’t forget the Cityread event where Rivers of London will be discussed on Saturday 25th April at Ealing Road Library, Brent with Dr Murugesan Muthu and the Brent Tamil Reading Group.


Cityread 2015 is here!


Cityread London is celebrating all the wonderful places and people that make London the very magical City that it is by encouraging Londoners to read the chosen title: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. A wide range of activities for adults and children are on offer throughout April 2015 and details of what is happening in your borough can be found here.

ALAG (Asian Librarians and Advisers Group) have also had a major input in the celebration as we have created a translated synopsis of Rivers of London in 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 resident throughout London. In previous years these translations have created quite a buzz as can be seen by clicking on this link to view an article published in Asian Image news during Cityread 2012.

So far Brent, Hillingdon, Harrow, Wandsworth and Redbridge have taken up the offer to use the translated synopsis with their customers for various Reader Development events facilitated by an ALAG member. As the promotion continues throughout April 2015 it is expected that other library authorities will also be introducing Rivers of London and author Ben Aaronovitch to Londoners from all backgrounds, interests and reading abilities.

Cityread 2015 Balham 280315ALAG have already kick-started the month by facilitating a Cityread event at Balham Library, Wandsworth on Saturday 28th March. ALAG Chairperson Gulshan Iqbal read the Urdu synopsis and 15 ladies from the local community enjoyed a lively discussion, sharing experiences of possession and the supernatural. Needless to say magic and family feuds also proved to be interesting themes taken from Rivers of London.

Look out for the next Cityread event in Wandsworth at Tooting Library on Saturday 11th April where Dr Murugesan Muthu from the Brent Tamil Reading Group will facilitate what should be another interesting and enjoyable discussion on behalf of ALAG:cityread-alag-2015-tooting-wandsworth-tamil-event-1104151

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!

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