100 Lucy Caldwell Books Hidden Around Belfast

100 copies of All the Beggars Riding, have been hidden around the city as Belfast gears up for the One City One Book reading initiative

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has hidden 100 signed copies of All the Beggars Riding, the latest novel by Belfast-born author Lucy Caldwell, across Belfast for the public to find, read and keep.

The novel is the chosen title for the One City One Book Belfast 2013 campaign, and members of the public are being encouraged to be on the lookout for the books which they are welcome to take home, keep and read.

From local parks, to bus stations, coffee shops and even cinemas – the books are out there for the taking. Last year a bride found a copy on her big day as she was having wedding photographs taken in Botanic Gardens!

One City One Book is a community reading programme developed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, to get everyone in the city reading and discussing the same book throughout the month of May, and to promote reading and celebrate contemporary writing from Northern Ireland. View the full programme of events.

The campaign is supported by Libraries NI, Belfast City Council, Literary Belfast, Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast Telegraph, Faber and Faber, U105, Translink and Clements.

The chosen book for 2013 is a touching, powerful tale that features a woman in her 40S confronting her past. The novel features Belfast characters and well-known and loved places in city, giving a real insight into the author’s view of her hometown – past, present and future.

Released to rave reviews by Faber & Faber in February 2013, All the Beggars Riding was serialised on Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4 in early March, and was chosen as both Waterstones Book of the Month (NI and ROI) and Eason Bookclub Choice (NI and ROI).

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council, said: 'The Great Literary Book Hunt is a fun opportunity for people to re-discover the joy of reading and to find and keep their very own copy of Belfast’s One City One Book read. The book is Lucy’s third novel and is a compelling and heartfelt tale – a real page turner.'

The book giveaway is part of a wider One City One Book Belfast 2013 campaign, which includes a packed programme of events taking place throughout the month of May to promote reading and celebrate local, professional writing talent. Queen’s Film Theatre will also host a special One City One Book Belfast film series, featuring films curated by author Lucy Caldwell, based on the themes of the book.

If you’re not lucky enough to find a copy, there are plenty of copies of the book available for loan in libraries across Belfast. Find your local library via the Libraries NI website. View the full One City One Book Belfast programme of events.