World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which takes place on the 23rd April.
Why the 23rd?
This particular day is a symbolic date for world literature. It is both the birth and death day of Shakespeare, as well as the death day of Cervantes, the great Spanish novelist. It is in their honour that UNESCO ( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) appointed it the international day of the book and that we choose it to celebrate World Book Night.
April 23 also marks the city of Barcelona’s celebration of St George’s Day. St George is the patron saint of Catalonia as well as England and traditionally, to celebrate this day, Spanish gentlemen gave their ladies roses and the ladies returned the favour with a book. Considering the rich literary history of this day, it seemed more than fitting that April 23 should be chosen as the day of celebrating reading and the giving of books!
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading – or are yet to gain it – to pick up a book and read. Line by line, paragraph by paragraph until they too have discovered the power of reading and the opportunities in life that reading can open the door to.
Thursday April 23rd
6pm – 8pm
Freshly baked asparagus and gruyere wholemeal pastry quiche
Freshly baked mixed pepper and cheddar wholemeal pastry quiche
served with a trio of house salads: pear & beansprout, lemon & mint potato salad and tomato and red onion salad
Peach Franzipan tart