BBC Radio 1's Cairney to speak at Reading Agency event

BBC Radio 1's Cairney to speak at Reading Agency event

BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney is going to be speaking in conversation with The Reading Agency at The British Library next month.

The event is the fifth in a series of annual events organised by The Reading Agency, all designed for leading writers and public figures to share original, challenging ideas about the future of reading in the UK.

Cairney, who will publish a guide to life for young adults, Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be with Pan Macmillan on 9th March 2017, will be in conversation with Reading Agency c.e.o Sue Wilkinson, discussing what reading means to her, what barriers face people who struggle to read and her activism around young people’s mental health.

The event will take place on Friday 4th November, which also marks the start of the BBC’s LovetoRead campaign.

Cairney said: "I love words and their power; I love people and connecting through books. I am absolutely delighted to be leading this event as part of the BBC LovetoRead campaign. This is a fantastic opportunity to speak to young people about the stories that have inspired and shaped my life and writing.”

Wilkinson added: “Our work encourages young people across the UK to read for pleasure and wellbeing, so we are particularly interested to hear Cairney’s views on young people’s mental health today and what inspired her to write her book.”

Tickets to the event are available online at a cost of £12, £8 for concessions.

Cairney follows in the footsteps of Jeanette Winterson, Neil Gaiman, Russell Brand and Shami Chakrabarti, who have previously spoken at the event.