Today Nottingham Playhouse, in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing and Nottingham City Council, launched the ‘Nottingham Citywide Read’ of The Kite Runner to celebrate the eagerly awaited European stage premiere of the play.
The play is based on the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, and will run at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday 26 April until Saturday 18 May.
The ‘Nottingham Citywide Read’ will see 500 free copies of the paperback edition of The Kite Runner, supplied by Bloomsbury, given away to book groups in secondary schools, libraries, prisons and universities with the aim of encouraging more people in the city to enjoy reading.
Champion of the ‘Nottingham Citywide Read’, Geeta Pendse, Presenter and Arts Reporter for BBC East Midlands Today, said: “I am so excited to be the champion of the “Nottingham Citywide Read” of The Kite Runner. There is something so uplifting and enriching about being wrapped up in a good book which has the ability to transport you to another world and for me Khaled Hosseini is a master storyteller.
“Reading a good book is one of life’s greatest pleasures, a chance to learn and share human experiences through the magical story-telling of a good writer. With the warm weather on its way (fingers-crossed) I hope the Citywide read will be the start of a summer of reading!”
Giles Croft, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, and Director of the European premiere of Matthew Spangler’s stage adaptation of The Kite Runner, said: “We are thrilled that the library service and Khaled Hosseini’s publishers Bloomsbury have taken the occasion of this premiere to celebrate this great book and a love of reading. It is a privilege to be bringing this complex and heartfelt story to the stage for the first time in Europe, and I am confident that the ‘Nottingham Citywide Read’ will encourage more people across the city to join the conversation we are all having about childhood, betrayal, war, love and redemption.”
Cllr David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at Nottingham City Council, said: “We are proud to work in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing and Nottingham Playhouse to drive literacy and reading and celebrate Nottingham as a city of culture.
“People are also encouraged to add their reviews of the book to the tail of kites which will be on display in several city libraries including St Ann’s and Nottingham Central Library.
“We hope the ‘Nottingham Citywide Read’ will provide a shared reading experience for people in the city and encourage more people to rediscover a love for reading.”
For more information, including a detailed list of free events being run in conjunction with the ‘Nottingham Citywide Read’ you can download the full press release here or see www.mynottingham.gov.uk/kiterunner You can also follow the conversation on social media:
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