There is nowhere better to celebrate World Book Day (7 March) than Bedford. After all, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress was written here in 1678 and is the second bestselling book worldwide aside from the Bible!
So, when the dust has settled from children across the Borough dressing as their favourite book character, visit the John Bunyan Museum over the weekend to explore the history of this famous Pilgrim.
As ever Bedford’s Libraries offer weekend kids’ activities and welcome children to explore their book shelves. If you want to meet a real life writer, then Rogan’s Books on Castle Lane has a number of authors coming to the shop over the next few weeks.
For children, choose from James Nicol on the 22 March, author of ‘Witch Come True’ and ‘The Apprentice Witch’ or Paula Harrison, author of the Princess Pets series on 27 April.
Or adults can join Matt Hopwood, author of ‘A Human Love Story’ on the 12 April, who returns following a sell out event last year, to read from his new book ‘Mother’ a collection of 22 real life experiences that have been shared with him through his pilgrimages. Author, journalist and Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman will be at Bedford Heights on 9 May reading from her book ‘Bloody Brilliant Women’. Visit the Rogan’s Books website for more details and ticket info.
For a truly unique experience, bibliophiles are recommended to head to the Eagle Bookshop. This warren of a second-hand bookshop is located on Castle Road and is guaranteed to delight anyone who visits.
Children should be coming home from school with a £1 book token so visit Waterstones in Bedford town centre to claim your book or visit https://www.worldbookday.com/books/to find out where to buy your £1 book.