Canongate Letters Live raises £11k

Canongate Letters Live raises £11k

Canongate's star-studded Letters Live event (10th December), featuring Neil Gaiman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nick Cave and Gillian Anderson, raised over £11,000 for literacy charity The Reading Agency.
 
The evening was inspired by Simon Garfield’s To the Letter and Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note (co-published in partnership with Unbound), with extracts read on the night by high-profile authors, actors and musicians.
 
Highlights were said to include Benedict Cumberbatch and Kerry Fox’s readings of the wartime letters between young lovers; Peter Serafinowicz’s David Bowie impression; and musical performances from Nick Cave and James Rhodes.
 
The evening also featured an auction of a copy of To The Letter and Letters of Note, signed by the performers, which raised £11,000 for The Reading Agency charity.
 
Sandy Mahal, partnerships programmes manager at The Reading Agency, said the money will "make a huge difference in helping thousands of people to love reading and to continue our hugely important work with libraries to reach readers in every kind of community".
 
The Letters Live series of performance events will continue to run in 2014, with the next event confirmed for the 27th March at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank.