I was absolutely thrilled when EPHS’s brilliant librarian, Alison Martino, invited me to be a Patron of Reading at Elthorne Park High School earlier this year. Like all the best proposals, as soon as she asked me I didn’t have to think – I just said YES!
So what is a Patron of Reading?
A Patron of Reading is a school’s special, designated children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their Patron develop the role over a period of time. Everything the Patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture within the school. I will be committed to EPHS for the next two years, and I’m really excited to get things started.
What does a Patron of Reading do?
The brilliant thing about the Patron of Reading role is that what I do is entirely up to us. There are now more than 200 Patrons of Reading in Primary and Secondary Schools across the UK and each Patron and each School has developed its own ideas on what they think will work best in their school.
Previous Patrons have set up quizzes, blogs, book recommendations and discussions. They have included play readings, poetry slams, spoken word competitions and even work around designing book trailers. They have helped schools connect with other authors. The key thing is that we can decide what we do over the next two years at EPHS, and how we do it, and all ideas are welcome.
If you love reading then I know you’re going to love getting involved, and I really want to hear from you!
And if you are a person who thinks books just aren’t your thing, or you haven’t picked one up for a while because you don’t know where to start, then don’t go all quiet on me – I want to hear from you just as much too!
Because as JK Rowling said (and I’m pretty sure quite a few other writers before her said it too…)
If you don’t enjoy reading then you haven’t found the right book yet!
Ms Martino and I have lots of ideas about the sorts of things we might do over the next couple of years, but we also really want to hear from you. So for starters this page is a place where we can all share thoughts, ideas and discussions about what we plan to do together around the Patron of Reading role. And then as times goes on we can use this space for talking about news of our upcoming events, and share photos and blogs that follow on from those events too. Not everything on this page needs to be written by me – it would be great to feature blogs and reports or interviews written by you too.
So that’s it! Hope you like it! And please do get the conversation started by sending me a message below with any comments, thoughts and ideas so far. I’d love to hear from you.