Homeland star David Harewood and actor Rupert Everett are to give readings at a literacy festival in their native U.K. to encourage more Londoners to pick up books.

The British actors will take part in the London Evening Standard's Get Reading festival, which will take place in the capital's Trafalgar Square in July (13).

Harewood and Everett will both give readings at the free event, along with authors including Babette Cole, Jonathan Stroud and Darren Shan.

The reading marathon on 13 July (13) is part of the newspaper's Get London Reading campaign, which aims to raise literacy rates in the city.