About Us

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. Each spring, Cityread invites London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. Taking the chosen novel as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, author talks, workshops and other events takes place across London’s libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues.

Chief Executive, Andy Ryan

Andy Ryan is founder and chief executive of Cityread.  Prior to establishing Cityread, Andy was responsible for marketing and office management at London Libraries from 2005 to 2010, before which she worked in events in Interdisciplinary Arts at Arts Council England.  In 2010 Andy established Stellar Libraries CIC, a creative agency for libraries, from which the Cityread charity has grown.  Cityread London 2014 won a CILIP Impact award for marketing excellence, and Stellar Libraries was awarded Social Enterprise of the year in the Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards 2015.  Andy has generated over £1.5 million for library-related programmes since 2010, and was named by the Evening Standard as one of London’s 1000 most influential people of 2016.

Cityread is a registered charity number 1167210.

Project Manager

Anne Hall


Ben Aaronovitch
Jonah Albert
Catherine Forbes
Cheney Gardner
Louise Goodman
Jonathan Kuhles
Chris McCrudden
Lord Tope – Chair

Associate Partners

Cityread London is proud to work with independent partners in delivering our programme

Creative producers

Look Left Look Right
Stand + Stare


Melita Armitage Ltd


Kingsford Campbell