Illustrated book benches promote literacy in London

A series of 50 benches shaped like open books and painted to represent major works of literature are appearing all over London in the National Literacy Trust’s Books About Town project

A series of 50 benches shaped like open books and painted to represent major works of literature are appearing all over London in the National Literacy Trust’s Books About Town project

Day of the Triffids bench by Oliver Dean, above. Jeeves and Wooster by Gordon Allum, top

 

The scheme is a partnership with Wild in Art and will run all summer. The 50 illustrated benches reference works including classics such as 1984, Great Expectations and The Time Machne as well as more contemporary titles and children’s books.

 

1984 bench by Thomas Dowdeswell

 

Dr Seuss bench by Theodor Seuss Geisel and Jane Headford

 

Fever Pitch bench by Sophie Green

 

Each one will be situated in an area with a connection to that title. Maps to follow BookbenchTrails around particular areas of the city cane be downloaded here.

Once the project has finished, the benches will be sold at a public auction on October 7 to benefit the National Literacy Trust, which is dedicated to raising the literacy levels of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Details here.

 

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy bench by Deven Bhurke

 

The World’s Biggest Flipbook bench by Jeremy Banks

 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe bench by Quad Digital and Mandii Pope

 

Girl Engrossed/Adrian Mole bench by Andrea Joseph

 

 

Noughts and Crosses bench by Oliver Dean

 

The Time Machine bench by Di Ralston

 

War Horse bench by Gerard Strong using illustrations by Rae Smith

 

Wisden Almanack bench by Trevor Skempton

 

The full list is here

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