Russell Brand delivers Reading Agency Lecture at 20 Bedford Way
The comedian, writer and provocateur Russell Brand took to the Logan Hall stage last night to deliver an impassioned lecture on the importance of reading in society. The lecture was organised by the Reading Agency, a charity dedicated to giving everyone an equal chance in life by helping them become “confident and enthusiastic readers.” The Reading Agency Lectures provide a platform for “leading writers and thinkers to share original challenging ideas about the future of reading in the UK”.
20 Bedford Way’s flagship Logan Hall welcomed a sold-out crowd that were delighted by Brand’s irreverent humour and passionate treatise on the role of libraries in prisons and schools. Brand also took the opportunity to announce that he was helping fund a library at his former school, now called the Hathaway Academy. He also read extracts from Enid Blyton and discussed his favourite works of literature.
The event was a fantastic success, with the message about how vital reading is to education and self-improvement taking centre stage. Twitter was abuzz with talk of Brand and the lecture. We have rounded up the best of the Tweets to give those that missed out a flavour of the event at 20 Bedford Way.
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