Penny Readings to be celebrated at Christmas festival in St George’s Hall – Liverpool Daily Post

Penny Readings to be celebrated at Christmas festival in St George's Hall - Liverpool Daily Post

Dr Jane Davis, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Bea Colley at an earlier Penny Readings event

A free Christmas festival will be held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Penny Readings.

The Reader Organisation is hosting the event in St George’s Hall on December 15.

The popular Penny Readings began in 2003 reviving Charles Dickens’ tradition.

The author travelled across the north west giving readings for only a penny from the 1840s onwards.

The Penny Readings celebrate the festive season bringing a mix of musicians, readers and writers including award-winning children’s author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The Wirral Ukulele Orchestra will also be part of the celebrations.

Jane Davis, the founder and director of the organisation, said: “We’re thrilled to be celebrating the 10th Penny Readings with a free Christmas festival, as well as two great shows.”

“There will be something for everyone, whether you’d like to join us in the audience, finish off your Christmas shopping, entertain the kids for a couple of hours during the afternoon, or donate books to help our work. It’s going to be a magical day in St George’s Hall.”

The festival will be open to the public in the Great Hall from 1.30pm. and there will be activities and games for everyone as well as stalls and refreshments.

There will also be the ticketed Ha’penny and Penny Readings at 2.30 and 6.30pm in the concert room.

Because of the high demand for tickets, there will be a public raffle to allocate the limited number of tickets for the readings.  Readers can get a pair per person for the Penny Readings and up to 4 for Ha’penny ones.

BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips will draw the first two winners of Penny Readings tickets live on air on Tuesday November 26.

To register for the raffle, call the Penny Readings hotline on 07812 238 500 or email pennyreadings@thereader.org.uk leaving a name, contact details and what events you would like tickets for. The line will be open until 5pm on Friday.

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