January is a fairly quiet month anyway, and for those looking to celebrate the literary highs and lows of the month, there are few, but big days to celebrate.
Perhaps you want to bake a cake for a literary birthday?
1 – J.D Salinger
3 – J.R.R Tolkien
4 – Jacob Grimm of the Grimm Brothers
14 – Lewis Carroll
18 – A.A.Milne
18 – Arthur Ransome
19 – Edgar Allan Poe
25 – Virgina Woolf
27 – Lewis Carroll’s Un-Birthday
Or if you want to raise a toast to someone who died on this day:
4 – T.S. Eliot
18 – Rudyard Kipling
21 – George Orwell
Look out for the Costa Category Winners on the 3rd of December, and the book award winners on the 31st!
Stand up at work and say a poem for National Poetry at Work Day, and serve something with spinach on Popeye Day!
Poor Arthur Ransome had the bad fortune of being born on the same date as A.A. Milne, if two years later, so he is generally eclipsed for Winnie the Pooh Day. Older readers though, may prefer to take a boat out and play act pirates in honour of Swallows and Amazons!
The big day to celebrate in January, however, is of course, that of the littlest guy. Winnie the Pooh day is on Alan Alexander Milne’s birthday, and this year he would be a whopping 135 years old! Here are some simple ideas for celebrating Winnie the Pooh Day.
Please Note: “National” may refer to the UK or US. In brackets after the name on the green squares is how old they would be at this birthday. If age is important to your celebrations, please double check!
January Literary Days: