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The Poets' Wives selected as Belfast’s 2014 One City One Book read

28 February

The Poets' Wives by one of Belfast’s leading authors, David Park, has been selected as Belfast’s 2014 One City One Book read.

The novel, the story of three women set across different continents and centuries, will be the focus of this Arts Council initiative to develop the art of reading and promote Northern Ireland’s rich literary heritage.

A programme of events will take place in venues across the city in May, to encourage as many people as possible to read and discuss the same novel at the same time.

Inspired by the themes of the book and its author, the programme will feature a wide range of events, talks, film screenings, and readings as well as book giveaways, competitions and more.

One City One Book Belfast is now in its third year but has its origins in Seattle in 1998. Since then the One City One Book concept has spread to cities throughout the globe, celebrating local writing and promoting reading.

David Park has written eight previous books including The Big Snow, Swallowing the Sun, The Truth Commissioner and, most recently, The Light of Amsterdam. He has won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award, the Bass Ireland Arts Award for Literature, the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award, three times. He has received a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and been shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year Award three times. In 2014 he was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. He is a former teacher and currently lives in County Down.

David Park said he was delighted his new novel had been chosen as the focus for the reading campaign: “It is a great honour to have my book chosen to be Belfast's One City one Book. I look forward to participating in a range of events and having the opportunity to engage with both those who are familiar with my work and those who come to it for the first time.”

Details of events taking place as part of the 2014 programme will be announced soon. Join in the conversation on Facebook or follow the Arts Council on Twitter using the #ocob14

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