Library and school supplier Peters Books & Furniture is to fund the role of the UK’s first Comics Laureate in a two year deal.
The company, which supplies books and furniture to schools, academies and public libraries, struck a “significant” sponsorship deal with Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw), a charity which aims to improve literacy levels of UK children through the medium of comics and graphic novels, and to raise the “profile, image and respectability of comics and graphic novels as both a valid art form and as works of literature”.
Graphic novelist Dave Gibbons was appointed as the UK’s first comics laureate earlier this year by CLAw.
The new sponsorship from Peters will enable CLAw to “continue its invaluable work” in schools. It will also guarantee funding for official visits to three schools each year that will be chosen from submissions.
Ray Dyer, Peters’ m.d., said:“We are absolutely delighted to be involved with CLAw and the Comics Laureate, flying the flag for comics and graphic novels, not just as vibrant and exciting categories in their own right, but also as an effective gateway to literacy for so many.”