July 2014


This summer, benches shaped like open books will pop up all over the capital for children, families and visitors to find and enjoy. ‘Books about Town’ launched by the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art brings a unique opportunity for the public to view 50 bench sculptures across the city, created by both local artists and famous names, to celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment. 

The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, has received two BookBenches based on The Railway Children and The Canterbury Tales – all the BookBenches feature stories linked to London and are based on a range of books from treasured children’s stories. 

Books about Town builds on the legacy of the Olympic mascots in London in 2012 and is set to become a major tourist attraction for the city over the summer. After the exhibition, the BookBenches will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for the National Literacy Trust to tackle low literacy levels in deprived communities across the UK. 


The BookBenches at the ORNC sit on Pepys Lawn and the King Charles Lawn and are free to visit. Both benches are designed by different artists. The Railway Children depicting the dramatic train-stopping scene with the oncoming train and clouds of steam on the reverse of the BookBench is designed by Fiona and Neil Osborne from Cheshire, and The Canterbury Tales was created by artist Beth Quinton whose diverse work includes film, advertisements, theatre, retail and exhibition work.

Take a 'selfie' on one of the BookBenches this summer and send it to us via twitter @orncgreenwich.

For the latest news and to download the Books about Town trail maps of the BookBenches,

This summer, benches shaped like open books will pop up all over the capital for children, families and visitors to find and enjoy. ‘Books about Town’ launched by the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art brings a unique opportunity for the public to view 50 bench sculptures across the city, created by both local artists and famous names, to celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment. 

The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, has received two BookBenches based on The Railway Children and The Canterbury Tales – all the BookBenches feature stories linked to London and are based on a range of books from treasured children’s stories. 

Books about Town builds on the legacy of the Olympic mascots in London in 2012 and is set to become a major tourist attraction for the city over the summer. After the exhibition, the BookBenches will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for the National Literacy Trust to tackle low literacy levels in deprived communities across the UK. 
The BookBenches at the ORNC sit on Pepys Lawn and the King Charles Lawn and are free to visit. Both benches are designed by different artists. The Railway Children depicting the dramatic train-stopping scene with the oncoming train and clouds of steam on the reverse of the BookBench is designed by Fiona and Neil Osborne from Cheshire, and The Canterbury Tales was created by artist Beth Quinton whose diverse work includes film, advertisements, theatre, retail and exhibition work.

Take a 'selfie' on one of the BookBenches this summer and send it to us via twitter @orncgreenwich.

For the latest news and to download the Books about Town trail maps of the BookBenches, visit www.booksabouttown.org.uk.  


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