Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Sunday 26 February 2017

Brighton City Reads Book Swap Boxes Mean Books For Everyone

City Reads is all about the pleasure of sharing books and stories  - and let's face it - Brighton & Hove is a very bookish city.  

Walking the streets in certain neighbourhoods on a fair weathered evening, you may have already noticed a system of informal and anonymous book-sharing going on.  

Whether it's piles of paperbacks lying on pavements or homemade boxes inviting neighbours to take and leave a book.

Local crime writer William Shaw has his own 'homemade' box outside his house, and William says he loves the ongoing story of the box, which now has a life of his own. He even had a Christmas card this year from one of its regular users. 

William is charmed by the fact that in this defiantly digital age old-fashioned page-turners still have the power to unite a community. 

Inspired by William's DIY spirit City Reads got together with Brighton Festival and enlisted the help of some sponsors and funders to create several of these Book Swap Boxes to enable readers across the city free access books during City Reads 2017. 


In the past City Reads volunteers have left books on park benches, in launderettes and cafes. More recently they've been looking for a more fulfilling, sustainable way to share books with people. 

City Reads think these Book Swap Boxes are the answer! They embody the City Reads spirit of small-scale community interactivity and a shared love of the written word.

And of course there will be a number of copies of this year's City Reads choice: The Handsworth Times by Sharon Duggal in each box and books by best selling crime writers: William Shaw and Elly Griffiths (both Brighton residents), who each have their own boxes - sponsored by their publisher Quercus. 

These will be located at Redwood Cafe (William Shaw's box) and Pavilion Gardens Cafe (Elly"s box).

City Readers encourage residents to take a book, leave a book, read a book and share.It's that simple!

Look out for these Book Swap Boxes during City Reads. They will be sign posting their locations via social media and via by CLICKING HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




Share    


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are currently putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming eighth studio album, the follow-up to 2013's Specter At The Feast, entitled Wrong Creatures, which will be released early next year.

Brighton Festival's Your Place - two weekends of free entertainment in Hangleton and East Brighton, is set to return for 2018 following last year's inaugural programme.
Jon Ronson by Emli Bendixen

Writer, broadcaster and one-time keyboard player for Frank Sidebottom, Jon Ronson has spent a substantial chunk of the last decade thinking about psychopaths and, following an earlier tour, he's taking the results of that work back on the road this Autumn. 

It's not been an easy ride to 'stardom' for comedian Simon Day. Only the stability of marriage and the birth of a child saved him from the worst addiction-fuelled ends.

“I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin's sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead's version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.” 

REM frontman Michael Stipe has reflected that the band's seminal album, Automatic For The People, concerns topics of “mortality and dying,” but he further notes, “mortality is a theme that writers have chosen to work with throughout time." 

To mark 150 years as a performance venue, Brighton Dome is seeking memories from across its rich history. Submissions will help inform new heritage displays which will go on show when the refurbished buildings re-open in late 2018.

One of Mali's leading musicians, and descended from a line of Khassonké griots (traditional troubadors), Habib Koité is back in the UK this October for the first time in a decade, and he will be joined by longtime band Bamada for a concert in Brighton.

Denai Moore was in Brighton earlier this year for full-band shows at The Great Escape festival. Now she's coming back in the city with new album We Used To Bloom, which she calls 'a declaration of growth, a break-up letter to her demons and a love letter to the liberated self'.  

Hallelujah!  Your saviour is at hand. If you're concerned about a life with global advertising, multinational control, climate change, the threat of nuclear war, supermarket domination, and all the constant controversy caused by the US President's outpourings, this is for you. 

Filmed over a one year period at East Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight, this new multi-screen video work - on show at  Fabrica, Brighton, next month - addresses the taboo subject of dying and current attitudes to palliative care.

Brix & The Extricated has – in the words of an old Fall lyric – something of a “track record”. 

Award-winning documentarian and broadcaster, Reggie Yates, presents his new book, Unseen, at St George's Church in Brighton, taking us behind the scenes of his documentary journey.

Brighton & Hove Impetus, the multi-award winning local charity, has had a significant boost from its annual Yellow Rose campaign to promote the power of friendship, inclusion and community and raise awareness of the issue of isolation in the city. 

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd