We celebrate World Book Day on the first Thursday in March in the UK

Posted: March 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
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It originated in Catalonia over 90 years ago, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day.  Now in the UK and Ireland we celebrate it on the first Thursday in March.  I have been invited by a primary school in Colne, Lancashire, to visit and work with some of the children there.  Part of my visit involves setting a short story competition for the children.  It’s exciting to think what they might come up with – every day is a new adventure in the world of stories and books!  I’ll let you know what happened later in the week.  You never know, there could be the next Rowling, Tolkien or even Shakespeare out there…

  1. Thanks for posting this. I never knew this, and I find it interesting, I like finding out about different traditions like this. I am in Virginia, US. Perhaps I’ll celebrate. I hope your visit goes well.

    • Yes it’s interesting, and I almost thought ironic, that St. George’s Day was used everywhere else except the UK. Although perhaps that’s in the hope that we might actually begin to celebrate St. George’s Day a little more in its own right? I don’t know! Thanks for your comment and good wishes.

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