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Read a banned book
There are HUNDREDS to choose from. Not sure where to start? See our top 50 suggested titles here.

Host a banned book reading circle
Gather a group of fellow book lovers, pick up a banned book and read the excerpts that you believe got it banned or censored. You could host the event in your local bookshop, library….or even your living room. Why not read something you wouldn’t normally try?

Get social
Tweet us a picture or the title of your favourite banned book @BannedWeekUK using the hashtag #BannedBookWeek. Tell us which banned book you think others should read – and the surprising reason why it has been censored.

Join the library
If you’re not already a member of your local library, you can find out where your nearest library is here. If you are a member, why not take out a banned book during Banned Books Week?

Organise a Banned Book Swap
Got an old copy of The Handmaid’s Tale on your bookshelf? Spare edition of Animal Farm kicking around? Arrange a banned book swap in your local library or café and share the love.

Banned Book Flash Mob
Feeling brave? Pick a public place, get a group together and read aloud from your favourite banned book(s). Megaphone definitely encouraged!

Visit your local bookshop
With so many bookshops around the UK taking part in banned books week, why not pop in to your local shop and see what’s going on. You can find your local independent bookshop using the Booksellers Association interactive map here.

Join the conversation
Wherever you are in the world, why not have your say during our “Speaking Out” webinar hosted by SAGE publishing and Index’s Jemimah Steinfeld on Tuesday 25th September (here).

Create a zine
Everyone loves a zine, so why not get together with a group of friends and make your own “Censorzine” focusing on banned books. It’s a great way to highlight different books and authors that have been challenged, and it’s fun too!

Write a banned book review
Read a book that has been banned, challenged or censored and write a short book review exploring why you think the censors reacted to this book, and what your reactions to the book are. Tweet us your review @BannedWeekUK

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