World Book Night is a British event promoting reading and literacy. Under the auspices of The Reading Agency, books are given by publishers, printers, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations to organisations including libraries, care homes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters. April 23 is also (possibly) the birth and death date of William Shakespeare, and the UNESCO International Day of the Book.
World Book Night is also a special event at the University of the West of England. This year the World Book Night United Artists sent out a call: participants were asked to read China Miéville’s short story Their Eyes Were Watching God (from the collection Three Moments of an Explosion) and produce a work in response.
All works are on display until April 30, 2018 at Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol, in an exhibition called Found on the isthmus. An artists’ book entitled Their Eyes Were Watching God has also been produced and can be ordered here.
If you would like to look at all of the contributors’ works, images can be found here. Do click on the images for a larger picture, though they have all been cropped to fit the Instagram format. (The image at the beginning of this post is an uncropped scan of my contribution.)