by Paula Igoe, Anna Murray, Monika Ciska, Stacey Wadsworth and Benedicte Soteras

The first ever World Book Night will take place on the 5th March, two days after the World Book Day.

The Night aims to be a ‘celebration of reading, writing and sharing’ (Antony Gormley, Patron) through a collaboration between publishers, writers, booksellers and libraries. However, the readers are the real drive behind this.

In 2009, Jamie Byng of Canongate came up with the idea that others from the industry, such as Random House, Faber and Faber and The Bookseller, quickly adopted.  Since then it has been set up as a charitable company.

On the night, 20,000 volunteers will give away a million books, from twenty-five fiction and non-fiction titles selected from major publishers like Penguin and Bloomsbury as well as Independent Publishers such as Profile Books and Sceptre

There has already been coverage from the BBC and national and local newspapers, helped by support from The Publishers Association, The Reading Agency and various famous figures.

There is still time to get involved and become a giver by applying online at