Duchess of Cornwall and Tim Peake to champion World Book Day

Duchess of Cornwall and Tim Peake to champion World Book Day

The Duchess of Cornwall, astronaut Tim Peake, singer Gary Barlow and Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke have signed up to champion World Book Day (WBD) next week.

The champions will support WBD on social media by sharing the stories that inspired them as children and posting pictures of themselves reading with children and young people using the hashtag #ShareAStory.

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit a London primary school and meet the school’s ‘reading heroes’ and Peake will share a video message, encouraging children to visit their local bookshop and exchange their World Book day token for a free World Book Day book.

At the end of the day the the cast of the RSC’s 'Matilda: The Musical' will perform a show where Mrs Phelps and Matilda will read from the original Roald Dahl book, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Other celebrities and writers that are taking part include Marian Keyes, Yotam Ottolenghi, Mary Portas, Humza Arshad, Victoria Hislop and Stuart Turton.

Kirsten Grant, director of World Book Day, said: “It’s wonderful to have the support of so many well-loved figures from all walks of life sharing stories and helping to promote our campaign to get everyone in the UK and Ireland reading together for 10 minutes a day. Our ambition is to restore reading for pleasure as a national pastime for all and change lives.”

World Book Day will take place on Thursday 7th March.