We're pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed author Neil Gaiman will give our second annual lecture at the Barbican Centre on 14 October 2013. (Photo by Kimberley Butler)
Our inaugural lecture was given by Jeanette Winterson in November in 2012. The lecture aims to provide a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share original, challenging ideas about reading and libraries as we explore how to create a reading culture in a radically changed 21st century landscape.
In his lecture Neil Gaiman will address the future of reading and libraries with a particular focus on young people. The invited audience will include leaders from government, libraries, publishing, education, the creative industries and culture; and many authors who are champions of libraries and support our work.
Miranda McKearney, said: "It's completely brilliant that Neil has agreed to deliver the second Reading Agency Lecture. It will undoubtedly be cutting edge, and consolidate what we believe is an important event in the annual cultural calendar for libraries and reading."
The evening is being kindly supported by Bloomsbury Publishing, Solus and 3M libraries.
About Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. A self-described "feral child who was raised in libraries," Gaiman credits librarians with fostering a life-long love of reading: "I wouldn't be who I am without libraries. I was the sort of kid who devoured books, and my happiest times as a boy were when I persuaded my parents to drop me off in the local library on their way to work, and I spent the day there. I discovered that librarians actually want to help you: they taught me about interlibrary loans."
Neil is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages, including well-known books American Gods, Coraline and The Graveyard Book and most recently The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Fortunately the Milk. His work has been honoured with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honoured with 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award and 2 Mythopoeic Awards.
Read more about our annual lecture given by Neil Gaiman. You can also watch and read the full lecture.
Read more about Neil Gaiman's lecture in the press. Articles appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Bookseller and The Yorkshire Post and on the BBC website. The Guardian have published an edited version of the lecture.
Catch up with what people said about the lecture on social media via our #ReadingAgencyLecture storify.