The word on World Book Day;Books

17th April 1998 at 01:00
Nationwide celebrations of World Book Day range from a mass read-in at London's Globe Theatre, with BBC poet-in-residence John Agard, to sheep and rabbits invading a Middlesbrough library for an animal books event.

The main focus of the day is on winning over children as readers for life. All full-time students under 19 will receive a pound;1 book voucher, subsidised by booksellers, printers, paper merchants and distributors. If your school or college has not received enough vouchers, fax Andrew Fowler at the Book Trust on 0181 516 2978. Vouchers will be valid at participating booksellers from April 23 to May 2.

The World Book Day Helpline on 0171 565 7496 will deal with other queries. Updates on events can also be found at bookshops and libraries and on the World Book Day web site (www.publishers. or the BBC Education site (, which also has an animated Shakespeare to guide users through an illustrated history of the written word.

The new British Library gallery in Euston Road, London, opens its doors on Tuesday April 21. World Book Day events for schools at the library are booked up but the gallery is open to the public.

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