Great British Book Shop hosts Kidby BookBench event

Great British Book Shop hosts Kidby BookBench event

Illustrator Paul Kidby will be giving away copies of a print showing his design for one of London's BookBenches, in an event sponsored by online retailer The Great British Book Shop.

The Great British Bookshop sponsored one of the benches under the Books About Town scheme, which has seen 50 benches sporting literary designs placed around the capital. The bench, designed by Kidby, depicts the orangutan librarian from the Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett, which Kidby has illustrated.

On Saturday 23rd August, Kidby will visit the bench between 11am and 3pm, with Great British Book Shop staff giving out 100 copies of the print at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Kidby will also sign books brought along to the event, on the Thames riverbank by the HMS Belfast. The print will only be available on the day.

The Great British Book Shop was launched in March 2014 by digital printer and content-manager Printondemand-worldwide. Retail manager Lisa Bass said: "We’re really looking forward to a day on the Riverside with Paul and his fans. We would like to thank Paul and More London Estates for making this event possible, and we’re delighted to be working with them and the National Literacy Trust on such a worthy and imaginative campaign."

The book benches, devised by the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art, have been placed along the Thames, in Bloomsbury, Greenwich and the City, and depict literary creations from Alice in Wonderland to James Bond. On 7th October, the benches will be auctioned at the Southbank Centre, raising money for the National Literacy Trust.