About us

Information about the organisers and sponsors of Head in a Book

Some background information 

Head In a Book is a collaboration between Wrecking Ball Press, Hull City Council’s Arts Unit and Hull’s Library Service which seeks to present a diverse programme of writers in conversation or reading from their works and speaking about what inspires them. The readings will all take place in local libraries and other venues to enable the project to take literature into the heart of communities and promote local libraries as vital community facilities, focal points for learning, creativity and inspiration.

Partners

Thanks to:

The James Reckitt Library Trust

The James Reckitt Library Trust was established as an independent charitable trust in 1892 by Sir James Reckitt (1833-1924), the pioneering industrialist and philanthropist. Originally intended to support the James Reckitt Library in east Hull, it now helps to develop public library provision throughout the City. The projects and activities which it funds are designed to stimulate a love of reading and learning, particularly among children and young people, to encourage those who might not normally use public library services to do so, and to raise awareness of what modern public libraries can offer. Examples of recent projects funded by the Trust are the annual Children’s Book Award, the Summer Reading Challenge, and the redevelopment of the Western Library, the first free library in Hull to be established from the public purse.

James Reckitt and public libraries

Sir James Reckitt (1833-1924) was a pioneer industrialist and philanthropist, one of Hull’s greatest citizens. Libraries were among his many philanthropic passions. He campaigned tirelessly for the establishment by the City Corporation of public libraries in Hull, and at his own cost built the first free library in the City, the James Reckitt Library in east Hull. The opening of the Western Library in 1895, the first to be established from the public purse, was a direct result of his campaigning efforts. The James Reckitt Library Trust was established by Sir James in 1892. Originally intended to support just the James Reckitt Library, the Trust now helps to develop public library provision throughout the City.

The Arts Council of England

Humber Mouth

Hull City Council