Get Reading Festival: Rupert Everett and West End stars help get kids involved


A free literary festival for children run by the London Evening Standard and Nook, will take place in London's Trafalgar Square on 13 July.

Get Reading festival will feature Rupert Everett who has recently played Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss reading an Oscar Wilde fairy tale. Even Joey, the puppet horse from the West End show War Horse will attend a reading of Michael Morpurgo's novel turned hit film and play. A Billy Elliot the Musical cast member will perform the song “Electricity”.

The idea of teaming up with West End shows is to make the day as fun as possible for kids and to encourage their interest in reading.

There will also be famous authors and celebrity storytellers helping children take part in a giant read-a-thon.

This is part of the London Evening Standard's ongoing commitment to support child literacy. In 2011, the paper launched Get London Reading to help struggling readers catch up with their peers and train reading helpers in schools.

Get Reading Festival, Trafalgar Square, London WC1 on 13 July