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Belfast book lovers on the hunt for David Park's The Poets' Wives

By David Whelan

Belfast book lovers are being encouraged to discover some literary treasure by embarking on a massive book hunt throughout the city.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland will this weekend hide 100 signed copies of David Park's The Poets' Wives at venues across the city as part of its One City One Book Belfast 2014 campaign.

The novel is the chosen title of this year's event, and will be placed in a number of venues ranging from parks to coffee shops.

One City One Book is a community reading programme developed by the Arts Council to get everyone in the city reading and discussing the same book throughout the month of May.

Damian Smyth, head of literature and drama at the Arts Council, said: "It's a fun opportunity for people to rediscover the joy of reading and to find and keep their own copy of this year's One City One Book read."

You can download extracts from The Poets' Wives for free at

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