Reading in 50 buildings at the Olympia Ballroom


The Reading in Reading Book Festival 2016 takes place over the weekend of Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October at the Olympia Ballroom (Shehnai) on London Street, an easy stroll down the hill from the Whitley Pump.

The festival opens and closes with national celebrities Ian Wright and Tony Robinson as the bookends, with lots of interesting literary content on the shelf in between.

Stuart Hylton’s book Reading in 50 Buildings includes three Katesgrove buildings; St Giles’ Church, the Reading Mechanic’s Institution (now Great Expectations) and Christ Church.


The oldest building in the book is St Mary’s Minster, founded in the tenth century, and the newest is the Reading central railway station.

In the words of the ‘Reading in Reading’ programme:

Historian Stuart Hylton takes us on a journey around town through the centuries, from Reading Prison and one of England’s oldest schools to Jackson’s and the Oracle.

Time and Date: 12 noon, Sunday 30 October 2016. (Remember that the clocks go back an hour at 2am on 30 October.)

Place: Olympia Ballroom, London Street, RG1 4QA

Tickets: £5. Book online at Reading Arts or by phone 0118 960 6060. Tickets are also available on the door for cash payment only. £20 weekend tickets are available for entry to all events.


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