Celebrate World Book Night in Surrey with rising literary stars

Melissa Harrison is one of 12 authors to take part in Surrey's World Book Night celebrations.

Melissa Harrison is one of 12 authors to take part in Surrey’s World Book Night celebrations.

Surrey will celebrate the joy of the written word on World Book Night during a jam-packed event featuring some of the hottest new authors on the literary scene.

Novelists Elizabeth Haynes and Melissa Harrison, both Amazon rising stars, will be among 12 up-and coming-authors talking about their passion for writing and their work at Guildford Library on Tuesday April 23.

The free World Book Night celebration, which is on the same date as Shakespeare’s birthday, will also feature dramatised readings from James Herriot’s veterinary tales and PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster, as well as live music, short stories and demonstrations in the art of folding books.

There will also be an opportunity for library-goers to have their moment in the spotlight during a short story slam when people will read aloud their own 90 second stories.

Peter Milton, Surrey County Council’s Head of Cultural Services, said: “There is no better way to celebrate World Book Night than with fellow book lovers at this enjoyable and relaxed evening of literary entertainment. You’ll have the chance to chat with authors and win copies of their books in a competition. Everyone is welcome so please come along.”

World Book Night is an international celebration of reading and books. In addition to 20,000 volunteers handing out copies of their chosen book to reluctant readers, there will be hundreds of book-related events taking place across the country. The aim of World Book Night is to raise the profile of reading for pleasure, to bring communities together and to offer a grassroots approach to encouraging and improving literacy.

Surrey’s event will take place between 7.15pm and 11pm, on Tuesday April 23, at Guildford Library, 77 North Road, Guildford, GU1 4AL. Entry is free and people can simply turn up on the night.

Find out more information on what’s going on with World Book Night across the globe.

For more information on Surrey County Council libraries visit or like You can also keep up to date on twitter @surreylibraries.

The authors appearing are:

* Elizabeth Haynes
* Stav Sherez
* Judith Kinghorn
* Will Davis
* Melissa Harrison
* David Rain
* Barbara Mutch
* Nev Fountain
* Kate Worsley
* Christopher Radmann
* Susanna Quinn
* William Sutton


Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259 or at

Members of the public looking for more information can visit or call 03456 009 009.


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