UNESCO World Book Day: 23 April
Books & Roses Day for The Bard and St George!
23 April is a symbolic day in world literature. Declared World Book Day by UNESCO in 1995, Books and Roses Day celebrates books and literature, reading, writing and the contribution to world heritage by our most beloved authors. This day marks Shakespeare’s Birthday as well as the death of both Shakespeare and Cervantes. In England 23 April is also St George’s Day. By mythical account, as St George slew the dragon, drops of the dragon’s blood sprouted into a rose.
There are so many reasons to celebrate 23 APRIL as Books and Roses day. Here are some of the best:
To promote universal access to reading, writing, literacy and education,
To promote cultural diversity, exchange and understanding,
To improve access to culturally relevant reading materials in local and regional languages,
To celebrate books as the global archive of humanity.
“Our relationship with books determines, to a large extent, our relationship with culture. In all formats, books embody ideas and values considered worthy of pursuit and preservation.”
– Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO
Maria writes about Shakespeare’s Birthday, how reading has informed and shaped her life for more than half a century at MARIA’S BOOKS.
The World’s Archive
23 April 2014: As the internet occurs as a live stream there is no archive of changes. Our online world is a very different place now than it was ten years ago. Sites, articles, references, all change every instant as it streams forward. ‘In Praise of Old Dictionaries’ highlights the value of Real Paper Books as the archives of our world. Dictionaries carry the evolution and forensic detail of our world’s languages undergoing increasingly rapid changes.