Birmingham Poetry Ultras – World Book Night

World Book Day has been an unqualified success since its launch in 1995. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, it’s marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The stated aim has always been to get kids reading, and so the main focus has been on children. But now that’s going to change with the inaugural World Book Night, the grown-up version.

The target for World Book Night is to give away 1,000,000 books in a single evening across the UK and Ireland; the Birmingham Poetry Ultras, part of the 20,000-strong army of givers, will be hosting an event at the Old Moseley Arms on Tindal Street in Balsall Heath, distributing free copies of Seamus Heaney’s New Selected Poems 1966-1987 to those attending.

The BPU will be instigating discussions about poetry in general, Seamus Heaney in particular, and the subject of World Book Night itself, and trying to formulate a structure for future BPU events. For more information about BPU or this event, email or visit

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