Wed, 25/03/2009 - 08:50
Publishers, retailers and librarians are missing out on a potential market of 20m consumers because the book world is too intimidating, according to research conducted by HarperCollins, the Trade Publishers Council and the National Year of Reading (NYR).
The research, to be published this week, looked at attitudes to books in the C2DE...
Wed, 11/02/2009 - 18:06
Reading for Life, the initiative launching in March to build on the work of the National Year of Reading, will centre on a consumer website with downloadable resources (www.readingforlife.co.uk) and a development programme to create reading strategies...
Mon, 26/01/2009 - 10:04
National Year of Reading (NYR) project director Honor Wilson-Fletcher and local government manager Emily Thorne will both take on roles at the National Literacy Trust (NLT) in March, when the NYR contract ends.
Wilson-Fletcher will be director of strategic development, supporting NLT director Jonathan Douglas in implementing the legacy...
Thu, 08/01/2009 - 10:49
Another year, another list. This time, 34 “Reading Heroes” chosen by the National Year of Reading. The aim of the list is to celebrate, and acknowledge, people either for whom learning to read or improving their reading skills have transformed their lives or those who, with support and encouragement, have helped transform the lives...
Thu, 18/12/2008 - 08:16
Glamour model Katie Price will be honoured as a "Reading Hero" at a Downing Street reception hosted by Sarah Brown, wife of the prime minister.
Price, who has autobiographies, novels and children’s books to her name, was chosen as the celebrity who has done the most to encourage children or adults to get reading this year...
Fri, 12/12/2008 - 08:26
Publishers have pledged their support for a new government-backed pro-reading campaign, Reading for Life, which is to launch in the spring to continue the work of the National Year of Reading 2008 (NYR).
Reading for Life will promote the value of reading using media and brand partners, targeting key audiences including pre-school...
Thu, 09/10/2008 - 06:13
The National Year of Reading is launching a second library membership drive this month, as project director Honor Wilson-Fletcher confirmed that one million new library users have been signed up so far this year.
The “Do Something Different!” fortnight will run from 18th October to 1st November, coinciding with the...
Thu, 28/08/2008 - 07:19
Children's Laureate Michael Rosen has criticised SATs in an interview with the Independent. "There is a bit of schadenfreude, if you like," he told the newspaper, "a bit of celebration at [the Government's] misfortune".
Apparently, his biggest concern is what testing has done to books. Literacy...
Thu, 07/08/2008 - 07:49
Prime Minister Gordon Brown was obsessed as a child with the tragic story of Scott of the Antarctic, according to a new children's book from Scholastic.
He reveals his interest in the British explorer in Wow! 366, a collection of stories of 366 words. The embattled PM chose to write about an encyclopaedia that his parents...
Thu, 07/08/2008 - 07:40
Hampshire County Council is to give away 2,500 copies of the HarperCollins title Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo as part of the National Year of Reading's Big Read campaign.
Copies will be left in its libraries, perched on road signs and placed on park benches, with those who find the books encouraged to leave reports on...