Book Benches for the discerning reader

It’s been a long week and as we approach the weekend, I bet you’re all looking forward to putting your feet up with a good book.

Even better then if you could park yourself in the spring sunshine (here’s hoping for a repeat of last Sunday) on a bench designed like an open book.

Books_about_Town_Logo_ColourThe National Literary Trust have launched a project, Books About Town, where such a series of benches designed by leading artists will be placed around London to celebrate the capital’s literary connections. Included in the role call are cartoonist Ralph Steadman, Paul Kidby, the artist behind the Discworld novels, and the illustrator of the Katie in London books James Mayhew.

According to the website, there are benches planned to celebrate Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with more in the offing. Below is a snap of a Wind in the Willows bench looking very inviting in front of Tower Bridge. Even better, at the end of this summer, the benches will be auctioned off to raise money for National Literary Trust projects.

Wind_in_the_Willows_BookBench_thumbWhat book would you like to see celebrated in London or in which spot would you place a bench to watch the world go by?

And if you spot any of the benches cropping up around the city in the coming months, do take a picture and let us know!

Lesley Crooks, Digital & Online Marketing Manager

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