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National Read a Book Day: Event Recommendations for Book-lovers

It’s National Read a Book Day, and we have a whole range of shows and films based on books and stories coming up this season to please the whole family!

Join us for Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas to celebrate the release of The Testaments, the long awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Live from London Samira Ahmed will host a discussion with the writer, about her remarkable career and why she has returned to The Handmaid’s Tale 34 years after its release. Copies of The Testaments will be on sale pre and post-screening, with free tote bags while stocks last, provided by Drake the Bookshop.

In October half-term Kitchen Zoo (The Tin Foil Astronaut) will be bringing The Three Bears to life with original live music and puppetry. All teddy bears are welcome!

We’ve also recently announced Scarred for Life, hosted by Bob Fischer, based on the hilarious Scarred for Life books by Liverpool writers Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence. This is the ultimate celebration of vintage terror, with a post-show discussion for you to share your own memories of childhood horrors.

In the cinema we’ll be showing Blinded by the Light which is the story of Javed, a Pakistani boy growing up in 1980’s Britain, who discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen. Based on the memoir Greetings from Bury Park by Sarfraz Mansoor. Plus for horror fans, we have screenings of It: Chapter Two, following on from the events in Stephen King’s iconic novel It and it’s film adaptation.