About Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is a nationwide campaign for radical readers and rebellious readers of all ages celebrate the freedom to read. Between 22 – 28 September 2019, bookshops, libraries, schools, literary festivals and publishers will be hosting events and making noise about some of the most sordid, subversive, sensational and taboo-busting books around. Use this website to find an event near you, get involved, download resource packs and more.

Banned Books Week was initiated by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982 in response to an increasing number of challenges in the US to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Banned Books Week UK is a week long celebration of the freedom to read coordinated by partner organisations Index on Censorship, The British Library, English PENFree Word CentreIslington Library and Heritage Services, The Publishers Association, the Royal Society of Literature, Hachette UK and Libraries Connected in association with the ALA.

What do we mean by ‘Banned’?
By ‘banned’, we mean any book that has been censored, banned or where its removal or restriction has been called for from libraries, schools, bookshops or public circulation. A book might be challenged by individuals, private pressure groups or governments who disagree with its content or message and therefore wish to censor or silence the author’s voice.

More information
If you would like to get involved in Banned Books Week or would like to find out about which books have been banned and why, check out our resources page.


Contact Us:  helen@indexoncensorship.org

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