The festival is city-wide and last year saw more than 100 events take place at 40 venues throughout Leicester involving everyone from children to grandparents, including many events on the city’s estates.
This year, the event organised by De Montfort University has been extended from a nine-day festival to cover the whole month of October.
Community and voluntary groups are being invited to come forward with ideas for reading events and to apply for up to £200 in funding for their plans.
Event co-ordinator Jess Bogic said:
“The event’s aim is to take reading out to the wider community in Leicester so that children, parents, grandparents and the people of Leicester have an opportunity to come to events inspired by books, reading and words. But we also want council staff to play a leading role this year and would like as many people as possible to come forward with their event ideas to get everybody reading across the city.”
The festival started in 2010 and has hosted world-famous authors like Michael Rosen, Helen Skelton and Michael Morpurgo at events. Local writers and performers like poet Jess Green, writers Bali Rai and Rod Duncan and all-round wordsmith Carole Leeming have also made appearances.
In the last five years, more than 24,500 people have attended 580 events.
Those wishing to stage events for the Everybody’s Reading 2019 festival and apply for the £200 sponsorship should sign up at everybodysreading.co.uk