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Time to celebrate the written word.

Byline: By John West

TOMORROW is World Book Day, when millions of readers, young and old, will celebrate the written word.

The day is being marked by a huge range of events, initiatives and exciting new books.

The first World Book Day was launched at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in 1998, and this year sees a return to where it all began, with a special 10th anniversary event for children at the Globe, in London, featuring top authors such as Jacqueline Wilson and Justin Somper.

There is also a vote on the top 10 books people cannot live without - the books that have helped shape who we are. You can join the debate and vote at www.worldbookday.com where you can also find which 10 books mean the most to actor Ricky Tomlinson, authors Lionel Shriver and Anthony Horowitz and many others.

Books for Hospitals, created as part of the celebrations for the 10th year of World Book Day, will be launched next month. Underlining the World Book Day aim of opening up the pleasure of reading to everyone, Books for Hospitals will encourage bookshop customers around the country to buy an extra book to donate to a local hospital each time they purchase one for themselves.

A new series of Quick Reads is also being published tomorrow at just pounds 1.99, written by some of Britain's most popular personalities, including Kerry Katona, John Simpson, Ricky Tomlinson and quit-smoking expert Allen Carr.

And pounds 1 World Book Day book tokens are being given out to every primary school child across the country, thanks to National Book Tokens, principal sponsor of World Book Day 2007, and to participating booksellers who redeem the tokens at their own expense.

There are hundreds of book events taking place around the area to celebrate World Book Day. Visit www.worldbookday.com to find an event.

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Date:Feb 28, 2007
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