Part of Collected Words, an award-winning reader development organisation based in Brighton which delivers projects and activities shared around reading, City Reads 2018 arrives in the city later this month and stays for two jam packed weeks.

This year’s Big Read for Brighton & Hove is Sacred Country by Rose Tremain, which is based on a young girl, Mary, who struggles with changing her gender during the 1950s. Fighting against the claustrophobic community, the book follows Mary’s journey to find a place of safety and comfort.

The Big Read kicks off the City Read launch across the city on World Book Night, Mon 23 April. Across the days, there will be a wide range of activities on offer, encouraging residents across Brighton & Hove to pick up a book and start talking.

Highlights of the events include the Booky Photo Booth’s return at Jubilee Library, crime writer William Shaw’s Bespoke Book Group podcast on Thurs 26 April, and an In Conversation with Rose Tremain to close the event on Sun 13 May, live at Brighton Festival.

More information here.