Faber announces online programme for readers

Faber announces online programme for readers

Faber has revealed an online programme designed to "console, entertain and inspire readers", in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme will feature a regular weekly schedule, including Simon Armitage's reflections and audio recordings of his Marsden poems, a poem of the day slot, delivered by an actor or Faber-published poet, via video or audio, and a "Teatime Story" activity for children.

Children's authors will read extracts from their books during "Faber Booktime", including Lou Kuenezler and Julia Woolf today (2nd April).

The platform will provide resources for home schooling, with titles by Alex Bell, Emma Carroll and David Long available to access. 

Stephen Page, Faber's chief executive, said: "Throughout our history Faber has been at the centre of a community that cares deeply about the arts and about reading and writing.

"It seems very natural for us to respond to this present situation through finding a new voice and by offering that community an online programme designed to console, entertain and inspire readers."

Faber's writers in residence, including Jon Savage, Willy Vlautin, Francesca Wade and Samantha Irby, will stream live readings, talks and performances via Instagram as part of the programme.

The content will also be accessible via the publisher's social media channels this week.