Books About Town

by national-literacy-trust in London

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Books about Town is a public art event celebrating London's literary heritage and reading for pleasure, featuring summer 2014.

by national-literacy-trust in London

A BookBench in the process of being paintedBooks about Town will hit the streets of London in summer 2014. Trails of benches shaped as open books, decorated by famous illustrators and local artists, will appear for the public to enjoy. It will be a unique opportunity to explore the capital's literary connections, to enjoy art from some of the country's top artists and to experience the joy of reading for pleasure.

Proposed designWe are looking for pledges from the public to fund one of these benches, a fantastic interpretation of the timeless classic Great Expectations, in order to celebrate the contribution of Charles Dickens to our literary heritage.

The Victorian masterpiece examines the issues of social mobility and self-improvement, themes which remain relevant today. Its examination of the importance of education for all makes Great Expectations the perfect choice for a crowdfunded BookBench.

‘On-common. Give me,’ said Joe, ‘a good book, or a good newspaper, and sit me down afore a good fire, and I ask no better. Lord!’ he continued, after rubbing his knees a little, ‘when you do come to a J and a O, and says you, ‘Here, at last, is a J-O, Joe,’ how interesting reading is!’

A blank bench

Pledging to jointly sponsor a bench is your chance to be involved in this unique event, and to receive a number of exclusive goodies and opportunities.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

As thanks for your important contribution to our venture, we will send you an exclusive Books About Town postcard.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

For £15 you will receive a copy of Great Expectations plus we will send you an exclusive Books About Town postcard.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

For £30 your name will be listed as a sponsor on the Books about Town website, you will receive a copy of Great Expectations, plus we will send you an exclusive Books About Town postcard.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

For £50 your name will be listed as a sponsor at the Books about Town auction, you will receive a copy of Great Expectations, plus we will send you an exclusive Books About Town postcard.

£125 or more

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£125 Reward

You will receive a limited edition framed certificate with picture of the bench in situ, your name will be listed as a sponsor at the Books about Town auction, plus you'll receive a copy of the book.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

You will receive a pair of tickets to our exclusive launch event (26 June), which promises to be a fantastic opportunity to mingle with artists, authors and celebrities; you'll be listed as a sponsor at the auction and you'll receive a limited edition framed certificate with picture of the bench in situ, to mark your important contribution.

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

Your name (or that of a loved one) will feature on the plaque on the bench to mark your significant contribution; you will receive a pair of tickets to our exclusive auction at the close of the event (October 2014), where you will have the opportunity to view all the benches; and we will also present you with a limited edition framed certificate with picture of the bench in situ.

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