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Book yourself in for Belfast's literary treasure hunt

By Anna Maguire

Havee you ever played a game of I-spy across Belfast? Assuming that the answer is no, here’s a challenge for you.

One hundred signed copies of the new novel by Belfast author Glenn Patterson are hidden across Belfast today.

The Arts Council is giving away free copies of The Mill For Grinding Old People Young — but you have to find them first.

The copies are tucked away in the city’s parks and arts centres and around Belfast’s literary landmarks.

The Belfast-based historical novel is the toast of an annual festival which shines a light on local authors.

Organisers of One City One Book Belfast 2012 want people to spend this month reading the book — the eighth novel by the east Belfast author and film-maker.

Set on Christmas Day 1897, the story tracks the real-life journey of Gilbert Rice — an 85-year-old Belfast man who came of age in a city which was on the cusp of seismic change.

It is the first time the initiative — which boasts more than 20 talks, tours and film screenings this month — has been hosted in Belfast.

For more, log on to www.artscouncil-ni.org.

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100 copies of Glenn Patterson’s new book about Belfast, The Mill For Grinding Old People Young, are hidden across the city today. The Arts Council has tucked away copies of the novel in the city’s parks, arts centres and in the vicinity of Belfast’s literary landmarks. They’ll be wrapped in a green ribbon.

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