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One City One Book 2013 gets under way

Programme of events kicks off on Wednesday, May 1

Bookworms across Northern Ireland are gearing up for this year's long awaited Belfast Telegraph backed One City One Book programme.

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 May.

Events are set to get underway on Wednesday, May 1 with a full programme planned throughout the course of the month.

'All the Beggars Riding' - the latest novel by Belfast born author Lucy Caldwell - has been selected as Belfast's second ‘One City One Book’ read and will be the focus of this Arts Council initiative to develop the art of reading and promote Northern Ireland's rich creativity.

Some of the key events during the One City One Book festival include author Peter Sheridan, who will be in conversation with Lucy Caldwell as part of the festival at Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue, on Wednesday at 6.30pm.

On Thursday Lucy Caldwell talks to Kate Richardson who rowed the Atlantic to raise awareness of human trafficking - at Chichester Library, 6.30pm.


Other events throughout the programme include:


Creative Writing Workshop with Lucy Caldwell in association with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and U105.

The MAC, Saturday, noon. Limited places available, £10 per head, visit


Lucy Caldwell reads in one of the key locations from her novel.

The John Hewitt Pub, Donegall Street, Belfast, Tuesday, May 7, 6.30pm.


Women with extraordinary stories: Psychic Joanne Maguire worked with Chinook widow Susan Phoenix on her memoir.

She talks to Belfast Telegraph deputy editor Gail Walker about that and her own extraordinary life.

Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue, Wednesday, May 8, 6.30pm.


May Memoirs:

Writer and broadcaster Malachi O’Doherty chairs a discussion on memoirs with Breadboy author Tony Macauley and Patricia Craig (Asking For Trouble).

Shankill Library, Thursday, May 9, 6.30pm.


For more information and for a full list of what's happening visit

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