Reading while you wait

Richard reading while he waits
Richard reading while he waits

Three in the afternoon is as good a time as any to meet a complete stranger in Cathedral Square. “I’ll be the one with shopping bags,” Bridget said. She was on holiday from Dunedin.

We were meeting as part of the Read while you wait flash mob. There was no mob involved, and certainly no flashing, but we were reading in public in a random act of literacy that spread its tentacles from Malaysia and spread via the internet. Kim Hill even mentioned it on Radio New Zealand National this morning.

Bridget, her daughter and friend Soni were there reading and there was a guy reading a comic book by the chess. Donna and I arrived a bit late to see Bridget, but read among the people. I rang Bridget after the event and she was having coffee in Ballantynes and wondering where all the school librarians were? Does apathy rule, she asked.

Bridget suggested we all “break out” in New Zealand Book Month and do some reading in public.

Richard and Isaac
Isaac and Richard

On the way back to the central library we spied a young busker doing his thing. Donna asked if he’d have his photo taken for the blog. He was very happy, as the crowds had been “pretty generous.”

I wrote down his name.
“Isaac”, he said. “Westenra.”
Good things can happen when you sit beside someone with a book and talk. Next time it would be good to have a few more along – you never know who you might meet.

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