Press Release

Committee Encourages Participation in World Book Day

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Thursday, 01 March 2012

Reference: CAL 06/11/12

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure today marked World Book Day by encouraging children and young people to read a book. 

Committee Chairperson, Michelle McIlveen, said: “Today marks the 15th World Book Day, a celebration of illustrators, books and reading celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide.

“The main aim of World Book Day is to inspire children to explore the pleasure of reading a book.

“The Committee recognises how information, learning and reading can have a positive impact on all our lives and particularly our mental health. Reading enriches our lives with knowledge and helps to develop our imagination, allowing us to explore our creative side. That is why it is so important that children and young people experience the pleasure and joy from reading a book during their formative years.”


Notes to Editors:

Committee Membership:

The Chairperson of the Committee is Ms Michelle McIlveen MLA.
The Deputy Chairperson is Mr William Irwin MLA

The Committee has a further nine members:

Mr Dominic Bradley MLA
Mrs Brenda Hale MLA
Mr David Hilditch MLA
Mr Michael McGimpsey MLA
Ms Karen McKevitt MLA
Mr Oliver McMullan MLA1
Mr Cathal Ó hOisín MLA
Mr Pat Sheehan MLA
Mr Robin Swann MLA

1 With effect from 12 September 2011 Mr Oliver McMullan replaced Mr Gerry Kelly

The Clerk to the Committee is Lucia Wilson

Committee Office
Northern Ireland Assembly
Room 344 Parliament Buildings
Stormont Estate, Ballymiscaw
Belfast BT4 3XX
Telephone: 028 90 521620
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