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Past Events

Commonwealth Pride - Big Jubilee Read episode 3

30 Jun 2022

Two Booker Prize winners, Marlon James and Douglas Stuart, are joined by Uli Lenart of Gay's the Word bookshop to share stories of their writing and experiences. They discuss their books, what it means to write from an LGBT+ perspective, as well as their favourite picks from the Big Jubilee Read booklist.

Journeys in the Commonwealth - Big Jubilee Read episode 2

23 Jun 2022

In the second event of the Big Jubilee Read event series, join Sue Williamson as she talks with authors Kate Grenville and Nam Le about their books and the theme of journeys in the Commonwealth.

Writing from Across the Commonwealth - Big Jubilee Read episode 1

14 Jun 2022

The first of six broadcasts celebrating great reads from across the Commonwealth. Authors Jacob Ross, Jing-Jing Lee and Markus Zusak join host Sarah Shaffi to discuss their books, the role of writing in the Commonwealth and being a part of The Big Jubilee Read.

Books for the Brain: Reading and Young People's Mental Wellbeing

08 Apr 2022

Children can hear from an exciting panel of authors during this free virtual event for schools nationwide, where they discuss various aspects of young people's mental health and how their writing deals with this complex subject.

The Stories That Shape Us - World Book Night 2022

23 Apr 2022

To celebrate World Book Night 2022, The Reading Agency hosted The Stories That Shape Us, a live discussion at The British Library hosted by Bobby Seagull.