Celebrate reading and poetry at Liverpool ONE

Do you wander lonely like a cloud?  Can you keep your head when all about you are losing theirs? Are you the master of your fate and the captain of your soul?  If so, come and join the celebrations between 10.00am – 2.00pm on Sunday 20th March.

Liverpool ONE, Liverpool City Council and the City or Readers are hosting events to mark World Poetry Day at the Reading Trees in Liverpool ONE.

Interactive events include Julia Donaldson group reading, free child and & adult book giveaway, inviting shoppers to help compile a ‘Liverpool Poem’ and a special performance by Curtis Watt.

The Reading Trees, located on Paradise Street, are back for a fourth year and they offer the ideal location for parents and children to relax and share a story. The trees are packed with books for all ages and the public is invited to read on the seats at the base of the trees. People are also encouraged to bring books from home to exchange and can donate books for the trees via the Liverpool ONE Information Centre.

Lana Orr, Mayoral Lead for Primary Schooling said ‘Getting families to read for pleasure is a key priority in Liverpool.  Learning is something that can take place in all parts of the city and we’re really pleased to be working with partners (Liverpool Learning Partnership, Merseylearn, Liverpool ONE, Libraries, School Improvement Liverpool, The Reader Organisation).  City of Readers is about working together to make our children confident readers.  The way we do that is by being creative through collaboration and Sunday is an example of how we try to do that.’

Donna Howitt, marketing director at Liverpool ONE said: “World Poetry Day is a wonderful occasion and we’re looking forward to inviting the poetry fans to enjoy the celebrations at the Reading Trees on Paradise Street this Sunday. It is a great opportunity to share your favourite poem with others, and immerse children in the imaginative world of poetry. We are delighted that Liverpool ONE is able to play a central part in such an innovative and engaging initiative.”

Join the conversation by using the hashtag #ReadingTrees or visit the Liverpool ONE website (www.liverpool-one.com/readingtrees) for more details.