Melvyn Bragg, Antonia Fraser, Kamila Shamsie, Rory Stewart, Tom Wells and Timberlake Wertenbaker, contributors to The Pleasure of Reading, discuss their reading experiences and the books that have inspired them.

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Heathmere Primary–Leading to Reading 3

By |November 8th, 2015|

In the summer term, pupils at Heathmere Primary worked with artist Monique Jivram from the House of Illustration to create a 3 D map leading from their new Little Free Libraries in the school playground […]

The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley

By |October 15th, 2015|

Give a Book was delighted to go to an event at this year’s Wimbledon Book Fest where Sarah Turvey, co-founder, with Prof Jenny Hartley, of our partner organization Prison Reading Groups (PRG), was in […]

A Poem for National Poetry Day

By |October 8th, 2015|

On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft […]

First Story Young Writers’ Festival

By |October 1st, 2015|

This year’s First Story Young Writers’ Festival was a fantastic success.  800 students gathered in an Oxford garden under a balmy autumn sky to listen to writers Patrick Ness, Sally Green and others. As we’ve […]

Nexus Fostering Agency Book Clubs

By |September 30th, 2015|

Nexus is a highly rated fostering agency. There are 6 offices nationwide and they have around 300 children in their care. They have long recognised their responsibility as an agency to encourage children to read. […]

Family Visits in Prison

By |September 21st, 2015|

With our partner organisations Prison Reading Groups and SafeGround we give children visiting their parent or other relative in prison a GAB bag, a book, plus notebook and pencil. We’ve had some lovely feedback.

“I wish you […]

A chat with Janet Ellis

By |July 30th, 2015|

Give a Book was delighted to have a chat to Janet Ellis the former Blue Peter presenter and now novelist. Janet volunteers for the excellent Doorstep Library a children’s literacy support charity, whom we are pleased […]

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

By |July 26th, 2015|

Arnold Bennett, the novelist and writer, who died in 1931, has much to say about time, music, concentration, reading and more besides in How to Live on 24 Hours a Day. Some currants:

“You wake up […]

Night of the Tall Poppies

By |July 14th, 2015|

HMP Grendon’s annual Six Book Challenge event celebrated reading and the benefits it brings. It paid tribute to the well over 100 prisoners who had completed The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge, as well […]

Heathmere Primary: leading to reading 2

By |July 12th, 2015|

So exciting to see the ‘Leading to Reading’ project take shape at Heathmere Primary School. Give a Book was delighted to watch brilliant artist Monique Jivram from the House of Illustration in the final […]

Reading Ahead with The Reading Agency

By |July 12th, 2015|

Reading Ahead  is the new name for the Six Book Challenge which, since 2008, has inspired less confident readers to develop an enjoyment of reading at the same time as improving their literacy skills. […]

Heathmere Primary: leading to reading project

By |June 30th, 2015|

Last week saw the start of the artist workshop sessions at Heathmere Primary with the wonderful Monique Jivram from The House of Illustration. A year 3 class was introduced to Monique and were really enthusiastic about […]