If you live in London, or you’ll be visiting it in the next few months, keep your eyes open for Books About Town. This project has been created by the National Literacy Trust in conjunction with Wild in Art, to create colourful benches across the city.
Each bench looks like an open book, and is decorated with scenes relating to one of around fifty well-known titles. At the end of the summer, the benches will be removed and auctioned to raise funds for the National Literacy Trust, which works to improve literacy levels in the UK. A complete list of benches, as well as maps showing where to find them, can be found at http://www.booksabouttown.org.uk/. There’s even a series of quizzes for the family to tackle, with book token prizes.
I visited the Pride and Prejudice bench, which is part of the Bloomsbury Trail. It’s in Queen Square Park and Garden, near the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (no, I don’t get the connection either!). On the front are several little pictures, but I don’t think the design works as well as others which sweep over the whole back and bench. It’s also obviously influenced by the 1995 TV adaptation, with a recognisable Jennifer Ehle as Lizzy.
Have you looked at the website? Which bench do you like best? Let me know if you manage see one of the benches in London!