Crime author Mel Sherratt has become an ambassador for The Literacy Project.
Sherratt, who was born and lives in Stoke-on-Trent, will work alongside publisher HarperCollins and The Literacy Project to support the National Literacy Trust’s ongoing work in the city. The charity has been helping to raise literacy levels in Stoke since 2016 through its National Literacy Trust Hub, also known as Stoke Reads.
Sherratt is the author of 12 crime novels, many of which are set in or based around Stoke-on-Trent. Her latest book, Hush Hush (HarperCollins), is the first in a new series featuring DS Grace Allendale, who returns to her hometown of Stoke to pursue a murder investigation.
As an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust, she will help students across the city to further their career aspirations and highlight the importance of literacy skills for success. She will visit a number of secondary schools across Stoke-on-Trent to talk to students, and support the Stoke Reads BookBench trail when book-shaped benches decorated by local children will appear across the city next spring.
The publisher of Sherratt's books, HarperCollins in association with The Literacy Project is supporting the National Literacy Trust’s work in Stoke in a number of ways over the next year. This includes funding the charity’s Words for Work programme which will see their employees go into secondary schools to help equip students with the communication skills they need to be successful in the workplace.
Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust said: “We are thrilled that Mel is joining her publisher HarperCollins and The Literacy Project in supporting our important work in Stoke-on-Trent. We know that young people often don’t see the link between literacy skills and employability, and many aren’t aware of the wide range of career paths available to them. Mel will be a fantastic role model for students in the city, inspiring them to be ambitious and fulfil their potential.”
Sherratt said:“I am delighted and honoured to become a National Literary Trust ambassador and support the excellent work that is already taking place in my home city. It’s so important to raise literacy levels and ensure that the next generation have as many chances as possible to live a rich and fulfilled life. I think it is a great opportunity for students to learn more about publishing. I write novels but there are also lots of other career opportunities - editing, public relations, sales and design to name a few. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone.”