One City One Book Belfast 2013

Lucy Caldwell's new novel, All the Beggars Riding, will be the focus of a series of talks, tours and events to get people reading this May

All the Beggars Riding, a new novel by Lucy Caldwell, is the choice for One City One Book Belfast 2013 – when the people of Belfast are encouraged to get reading throughout the month of May.

All the Beggars Riding will be the focus of this Arts Council of Northern Ireland initiative to develop the art of reading and promote Belfast’s rich creativity, which was launched this week at Belfast City Hall by Damien Smyth, head of literature at the ACNI, and Lord Mayor, Alderman Gavin Robinson (pictured above).

Developed by the ACNI and supported by Belfast City Council, LiteraryBelfast.org, Libraries NI, Belfast Telegraph, Queen's Film Theatre, Faber & Faber and U105, One City One Book is a community reading initiative which aims to get the people of Belfast reading and discussing the same book throughout the entire month of May.

Following on from the hugely successful campaign in 2012 – when Glenn Patterson's novel The Mill for Grinding Old People Young was chosen as the central text – this year’s One City One Book month-long campaign promises to be bolder, brighter and packed with a bigger programme of events.

Themed around Caldwell's astonishing book, the exciting programme will feature a wide range of talks, city tours and a weeklong series of film screenings at Queen's Film Theatre hosted by well known local personalities.

Noírín McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council, commented: 'Whether you are a regular bookworm or an occasional reader, we want to encourage as many people as possible to get reading and talking about local literature this May.

'Lucy’s novel is an ideal choice for One City One Book 2013 – a touching story of a woman examining her past as she moves closer to death. One City One Book is the perfect opportunity to rediscover books and celebrate local writing.'

Libraries NI is hosting a series of events as part of the programme, and to support the initiative additional copies of the book will be made available in local libraries. Irene Knox, Chief Executive, Libraries NI, adds: 'Libraries NI would like to extend an open invitation to everyone to call in and enjoy the wide range of free events being held in our libraries for One City One Book this May.

'The selected book will have broad appeal and extra copies of this book have been sourced for libraries, to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the One City One Book Belfast 2013 initiative.'

All the Beggars Riding was published by Faber & Faber in February 2013 and will be serialised on Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4 in early March. Watch video of Lucy Caldwell reading from another of her novels, The Meeting Point, below.

Download the full programme of events. Keep posted by visiting the ACNI website and join in the conversation at the ACNI Facebook page or on Twitter @ArtsCouncilNI.