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    


Son of Dave is fifty years old, and has lived for twenty-one years in the UK, hailing originally from Winnipeg Canada where he was steeped at a young age in the blues-bar tradition. 

The stand-up Jon Richardson is chatting from a rather unusual location. He reveals that,“I'm currently in the Aldi car park in Clevedon.” Who said that the life of a comedian isn't non-stop glamour?

A remake of one of Brighton's most iconic films, Brighton Rock, is set to take place this week on the 70th anniversary of the classic starring Richard Attenborough – and members of the public are invited to dress up in vintage 1940s attire and take part.

Brighton charity Same Sky has launched its crowdfunder for Burning the Clocks 2017 – an uplifting antidote to the excesses of a commercial Christmas. 
(c) Gone Fishing + Marathon Artists 2017

MMODE – aka Belfast brother & sister duo Lucy & Thomas Gaffney – have  announced that their self-titled debut album, MMODE, will be released next month.

The WWE bandwagon rolled into Brighton recently to deliver its quality brand of big names and even bigger action.
Pic by Ian Kelsey

It's not often a group of young men pool their creative resources to benefit the health and wellbeing of others. It's even rarer when those young men are musicians. But that's exactly what the Brighton-based collective, 40 Shillings On the Drum, have done with the release of their new single. The English Coast.

Direct from an extended season in London's West End, Bill  Kenwright's production of Alan Ayckbourn's farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How the Other Half Loves comes to Theatre Royal Brighton, this month.

Experience the whisper of stories, speaking of the Black Atlantic, singing of jazz and Harlem and the African American literary renaissance in As Waves of One Sea. 

Louise Redknapp rose to fame as a member of the girl group Eternal. She left the band to carve out a successful solo career achieving sales of over five million records with five albums.
Stereophonics (c) Andrew Whitton 2017

Twenty years after their debut (Word Gets Around) and six No.1 albums later, Stereophonics are set to release their new album Scream Above The Sounds, this week.

Jim White gets around. When he's not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits his time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the USA & Europe and publishing award winning fiction.
Pic by Ian Kelsey

Loneliness affects people of every race, age, and gender at any time of the year, and not having anyone to connect with can have a devastating impact on people's health & well-being. 

Oska Bright Film Festival is the leading international festival of films made by, or featuring, people with learning disabilities. It is produced, managed and presented by a learning disabled team.

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