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JK Rowling and Richard Curtis donate items for Book Aid auction

Howard Lake | 8 February 2006 | News

Handwritten pieces by some of Britain’s leading authors and illustrators are to be auctioned for Book Aid International by Bloomsbury Auctions on Tuesday 21st February.

Over 30 household names including JK Rowling, Dick King-Smith, Joanna Lumley, Joanna Trollope, William Boyd, David Mitchell, Colin Dexter, Louis Theroux, Lynne Truss, Tracey Emin and Sir Bob Geldof have all contributed original, signed pieces to be auctioned. The proceeds will help Book Aid International get books for schools, libraries, hospitals, universities and refugee camps across Africa.

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Book Aid International works to make sure that the most disadvantaged people in Africa have access to books and information – from young children learning to read, to doctors treating HIV/AIDS. Over half a million books are provided each year, with additional support for public libraries and local publishing.

Many of the authors donating their work will be present at the auction, which will be hosted by Jeremy Paxman and held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 21st February at Bloomsbury Auctions, Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP.