Comedy visits dark side

PUBLISHED: 12:41 20 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 May 2010

A BLACK comedy complete with disappearing schoolboys, an exotic nightclub singer and hardboiled gumshoes has been chosen as the 1book4stevenage 2006, launched tomorrow (Friday). The event is aimed at promoting literacy in Stevenage and its organisers have

A BLACK comedy complete with disappearing schoolboys, an exotic nightclub singer and hardboiled gumshoes has been chosen as the 1book4stevenage 2006, launched tomorrow (Friday).

The event is aimed at promoting literacy in Stevenage and its organisers have chosen Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth Mon Amour because it appeals to most ages.

Numerous events have been planned in the town to get booklovers to dust off their jackets and start reading including tomorrow's launch party at North Hertfordshire College's community hall in Stevenage.

The night kicks off at 6pm and includes a performance by the Stevenage Male Voice Choir, a dance inspired by a nightclub in the novel and a dramatised scene from the book.

On May 1 a 1book4stevenage team, including local best-selling author Ken Follett, will be participating in the three kilometre Stevenage Fun Run at Fairlands Valley Park.

Mr Follett will also be introducing Malcolm Pryce when he visits Stevenage Central Library and Ottakars on May 6.

The fun continues in June when Stevenage Museum will be hosting a number of events including a murder mystery day for schools and a murder mystery night for adults. It will also host a comic art contest and an art exhibition in the museum.

Mr Follett will also be at Stevenage library to lecture on hard-boiled detectives and there will be a pub quiz night about detectives at the Hermit of Redcoats in Titmore Green.

To finish 2006 off The Comet will have a quiz about detectives in December.

Mr Follet said the idea behind the event was to get everyone in the town to read the same book.

He added: "By getting everyone reading and talking about it, we promote literacy and community spirit at the same time. I'm looking forward to seeing a dramatisation of part of the book by local actors, and Welsh songs from the Stevenage Male Voice. I will be making a very short speech about the importance of reading for fun."

Throughout the event readers can keep up to date on the latest events in The Comet and by logging on to www.1book4stevenage.com

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