World book week: Joys of reading


The British Council is organising the World Book Week to mark the UNESCO-designated World Book Day in Kathmandu from May 14-20.

According to John Fry, country manager of the British Council, Nepal, the function will be inaugurated on May 14 by the British ambassador to Nepal, Keith Bloomfield, who is also scheduled to read out a passage from his favourite book.

Speaking at a press conference organised here on May 13, Fry said the World Book Week is all about helping children and adults discover the pleasures of reading and encourage reluctant readers to take up books.

The council is also holding ‘My Favourite Book in the British Council Library’ competition for library members and English language students, Fry said, adding that the week-long event will be the exciting one.

According to Fry, the week-long programme includes public readings by celebrities on May 14, along with other scheduled programmes like illustration workshop, reading for peace, reading aloud competition, talking about reading, dramatising a story, reading from one’s own work, memorising and reciting poem, cartoon workshops, open discussion and a prize distribution ceremony.

Besides launching many educational programmes, both in and outside the Valley, the council has also held programmes like the British Film Festival, Magic Pencil Show.