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Literary treasure hunt across Belfast

By Anna Maguire

If you are walking around Belfast tomorrow, keep your eyes peeled.

Hidden in secret locations around the city will be 100 signed copies of Glenn Patterson’s new novel, The Mill For Grinding Old People Young.

One hundred free copies of the book — the eighth novel from the east Belfast author — will be tucked away in cubby-holes in the city’s parks, arts centres and literary landmarks (among other locations) as part of the Arts Council’s Great Literary Book Hunt.

Copies will be wrapped in bright green ribbon and marked with a ‘One City One Book Belfast 2012’ label.

The Mill For Grinding Old People Young is the centre-stone of the One City One Book Festival — which is currently being hosted in Northern Ireland for the first time in its 14-year history.

One City One Book Belfast 2012 — a four-week programme of events encouraging people to read the same book this month — features more than 20 talks, walking tours and film screenings, running across Belfast until May 31.

Damian Smyth, head of literature at the Arts Council, said: “There is something special about discovering a good story, and through tomorrow’s hunt we hope that people will do just that.

“No matter whether you are a regular reader or not, there will always be one book, one story which at some point we’ve read and that has moved us.”

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