WORLD Book Night was celebrated at Baker Street Kitchen with an evening of poetry and music.
Teesside University partnered up with Middlesbrough Library to host the event.
Stockton Poet Mark Robinson read poetry from his book ‘How I Learned to Sing’ and also talked about his work.
He said: “I’ve been interested in books and poetry from a fairly young age and I would definitely encourage more people to engage with reading. Young people are certainly reading a lot more on things like iPads and Computers but if its a question of whether they’re reading more books and poetry, then I genuinely don’t know.”
As well as Mark performing his poetry live, locals also had the chance to listen to local musician Sara Dennis.
Middlesbrough Library developments officer Ruth Cull, who helped organise the event, said: “There’s definitely a strong appetite out there for reading and poetry and hopefully events like tonight help to promote this further.
“World Book Night is an extension of World Book Day, which was aimed at children. Hopefully this will be a good chance to get adults who don’t read very often to engage in books.”
Everyone attending the event also had the chance to collect their own free book from a selection of 20 available.
World Book Day was created to honour the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and has become very popular since it first started in 2011.