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Discover a great read, literally, in big city book hunt

CALLING all bookworms. If you're in Belfast today, keep your eyes peeled for free copies of this year's Once City One Book.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has hidden 100 signed copies of All The Beggars Riding, the latest novel by Belfast-born Lucy Caldwell, across the city.

So, if you find one at the bus station, coffee shop, or perhaps the cinema, it's yours to take home.

During The Great Literary Book Hunt last year, newlyweds found one of the initiative's novels in Botanic Gardens while they were having their wedding photographs taken. So stay alert, the books can turn up just about anywhere.

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

The celebration of reading and contemporary writing from Northern Ireland is also supported by Libraries NI, Belfast City Council, Literary Belfast, QFT, Faber and Faber, U105, Translink and Clements. All The Beggars Riding is a touching tale of a woman in her forties confronting her past.

Damian Smyth, head of literature and drama at the Arts Council, said: "The Great Literary Book Hunt is a fun opportunity for people to rediscover the joy of reading and to find and keep their very own copy of Belfast's One City One Book read."

Lucy, winner of the Belfast Telegraph Woman in the Arts award at last year's Woman of The Year awards, will take part in a number of events in the city including:

• May 1 – 47 Roses was an inspiration for All the Beggars Riding. Lucy introduces and talks to its creator Peter Sheridan at Belfast Central Library, 6.30pm.

• May 4 – Creative writing workshop with Lucy Caldwell. the Mac, 12pm

• May 7 – Lucy Caldwell reads in a key location from her novel. The John Hewitt Pub, 6.30pm.


As part of the One City One Book 2013 community reading initiative, 100 copies of All The Beggars Riding by Lucy Caldwell, will be hidden across Belfast for the public to find, read and keep. Released to rave reviews by Faber & Faber in February, the book was serialised on Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4 in early March and was chosen as both Waterstones Book of the Month and Eason Bookclub Choice at stores in Northern Ireland and the Republic. For details on all One City One Book events taking place throughout May, visit

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