Small Island Read 2007

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Andrea Levy meets children from Windsor Street School

Today award winning author Andrea Levy was at the Merseyside Maritime Museum to launch this year's Liverpool Reads project. There she met children from Windsor Street School who were taking part in a Brouhaha International drumming session.

The annual Liverpool Reads event has joined forces with several other reading initiatives across the country to form Small Island Read 2007. It's hoped that tens of thousands of people all over the country will be reading Andrea's Orange prize winning novel, Small Island. The novel was chosen because not only is it a fab read (yes, I have read it) but also because it looks at the experiences of Jamaican migrants living in post-war Britain and explores highly relevant themes for 2007; the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade.

Not only can residents of the participating cities get their hands on a copy of Small Island, but there is also a guide to the novel (which you can download from the project site), and a book for younger readers; Benjamin Zephaniah's Refugee Boy. Check out the website for details.