Over the next two months children across Dublin are encouraged to read about mysterious shape-shifting creatures that disappear into the shadows, as Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden is the chosen book for the 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage children to read for pleasure.
Speaking at the launch of this years campaign on Wednesday in the Undercroft in Dublin Castle, Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said:
“It is a pleasure to be involved with a campaign that encourages children to read and talk about books, and this year’s choice, Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden, will definitely keep young minds enthralled.
“The Citywide Reading Campaign is now in its sixth year and I commend all involved for their commitment to this initiative.
“I hope that all the children that participate and take some time to read this book really enjoy the experience.”
Author Dave Rudden spoke of how proud he feels that one of his books has been chosen for the campaign:
“I am honoured and delighted that Knights of the Borrowed Dark is Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s Citywide Read.
“This is the city that taught me how to write, and I owe so much to its vibrant, friendly and supportive literary community.
“There’s a wild, swashbuckling charm to Dublin that very much inspired the strange and magical world of the Knights (though thankfully with fewer clockwork women and waistcoated misery-drinkers) and I can’t wait to share it with Dublin’s young readers and help them find stories of their own.”
The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Puffin Books, and runs from January to March 2017.
Details of the campaign are available at www.dublincityofliterature.ie