October 18-19, 2008: Weekend walks and workshops celebrate lauch of three books

From Reading Post – 15 Oct 2008
Publishers celebrate the joy of Reading

A Weekend of walks and workshops will be held in Reading this weekend to celebrate the launch of three books about Reading.

Two Rivers Press, recently nominated for a Pride of Reading award, is publishing three new titles about the town.

Reading, From The Abbey to The Office: a Short History of Reading and its Writers is written by Dennis Butts and celebrates the surprising number of literary figures who had connections with the town.

The new edition of Adam Sowan’s A Much-Maligned Town, the very popular anthology of opinions of Reading through the ages, has been considerably expanded with lots of new quotations going back to 1186 and forward to 2008.

A Ladder for Mr Oscar Wilde by Geoff Sawers, also a new edition, examines the prison system in Wilde’s day and asks some questions about the present prison system.

To celebrate these new titles, Two Rivers Press is holding a Walks and Workshops weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Adam Sowan will lead the walks.

Workshop participants will create and illustrate a book of poems about Reading which will be launched on the Sunday evening.

Places on both walks and workshops must be booked in advance – details are available at www.tworiverspress.com.