BookBench Trail: Bloomsbury

For this summer only the National Literacy Trust has paired with Wild in Art to create the BookBench Trail, commissioning stunning book-cover inspired benches to litter the streets of London for your wonder and delight.These benches will later be sold in October at auction and the money raised will be used to improve literacy for disadvantaged children in the UK. I’m a huge supporter of this cause so I’ve made it my mission to see at least two of the four BookBench trails before they’re gone.

As I was in London to see the 1984 play at the end of last month, I decided to go on the Bloomsbury trail so that I could observe my favourite novel in this new and unique form. I was most disappointed to see that it had been taken away to be repaired.

1984, George Orwell

1984, George Orwell

But I did find the building that inspired the Ministry of Love close by.

Senate Building

Senate Building

Although I missed Peter Pan and Pride and Prejudice due to limited time and a debilitating lack of direction, I did manage to find the majority of the benches on the trail (apologies for the poor quality of some of these images, but I am not a photographist):

J.M. Barrie, Always Try to be a Little Kinder Than is Necessary

J.M. Barrie, Always Try to be a Little Kinder Than is Necessary

J.M. Barrie, Always Try to be a Little Kinder Than is Necessary

J.M. Barrie, Always Try to be a Little Kinder Than is Necessary

Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly

Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly

Ian Fleming, James Bond Stories

Ian Fleming, James Bond Stories

John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids

John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids

John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids

John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes Stories

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes Stories

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes Stories

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes Stories

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway

P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves and Wooster Stories

P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves and Wooster Stories

P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves and Wooster Stories

P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves and Wooster Stories

C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I also found the Jules Verne bench inside Stanfords at Convent Garden. This is possibly my second favourite after The Lion, the Witch and the the Wardrobe:

Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days

You may have noted that I didn’t take photos of the front of some of these benches. That is because people were sitting on them.

I know what you’re going to say. “Erm…but they’re benches.” But they’re on a plinth. From childhood we are taught anything on a plinth is not to be touched. Plus they are a weird curved shape, made from fibreglass (the most uncomfortable material to make a bench out of), most are placed in a central location and they are all carefully and beautifully painted. So why would anyone sit on them?

Anyway, the BookBench trail was a lovely way to spend the day. Especially as I ate this afterwards:

Vegan Afternoon Tea at La Suite West Hotel

Vegan Afternoon Tea at La Suite West Hotel

And experienced this tree:

A tree.

A tree.

So, all in all, a good day.

Emily created Dystopic in 2012 after requiring an outlet for her love of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. Her debut dystopian novel 'These Unnatural Men' was self-published in 2018, and her collection of short stories 'Foreground' was self-published in 2020.

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