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


Cityread 2014, ALAG events – finale

Last week saw the close of Cityread 2014 and what an exciting month it has been. Two special events which took place in the final week were a great success at Brent Libraries and Kingston Libraries both of which used ALAG’s translated synopsis in Tamil of My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young.

Here are some photos that ALAG would like to share with you:

Tamil Reading Group members, Brent Libraries are joined by ALAG members Aruna Shah and Monna Rizvi. Photograph courtesy of:

Tamil Reading Group members, Brent Libraries are joined by ALAG members Aruna Shah and Monna Rizvi. Photograph courtesy of:

Yamuna Tharmendiran who heads the Tamil Reading Group which meets every month in Brent Libraries said:

“On behalf of the Tamil Reading Group our thanks to you to give opportunities like this and I am sure we will look forward to supporting Cityread London, ALAG and future events like these which are very important to our community. Thanks once again.”

The final event for the month took place at Kingston Libraries with the Tamil Elder’s Group:

Members of the Kingston Tamil Elder's Group with their copies of the ALAG translated synopsis

Members of the Kingston Tamil Elder’s Group with their copies of the ALAG translated synopsis

Alison Townsend, Team Leader: Adult Services & Acquisitions, Kingston Libraries said:

“Here’s a photo from this morning’s meeting to discuss “My Dear, I wanted to tell you”. Both the Tamil synopsis and English notes were used, and everyone said they would recommend the book to a friend. Not everyone had managed to finish reading it, but they were going to, and all felt that they had got a lot more out of it by discussing than reading in isolation. Hopefully this may be the start of a group meeting regularly at  the library.  A successful meeting and very worthwhile, and great that they want to participate next year as well.”

ALAG would like to thank Stellar Libraries, the Cityread London team and all the organisations and Library Authorities which have taken up the offer of facilitating reader development events using the translated synopsis in various languages, working together to “bring reading to life”.


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!

Cityread 2014 – forthcoming events

Things are really hotting up with a whole array of events to celebrate Cityread 2014 and the whole of London and beyond reading My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young.

English not your first language or you prefer to read in another language? No worries, ALAG have produced a synopsis of the book in Bengali, Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Tamil and Urdu. Take your pick from some of these events where the story set in World War 1 will be read and discussed in a variety of languages.

Brent Cityread Urdu flyer 240314



Brent Cityread Tamil flyer 240314

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