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Liverpool Reads

Liverpool Reads teamed up with Find Your Talent partner the Bluecoat to create an exciting online resource and deliver 'Get Into Reading' sessions based on this year's Liverpool Reads selection, The Savage.

1st September 2009 - 31st January 2010

The Reader Organisation is a charity dedicated to bringing about a Reading Revolution - in other words it wants to make it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy and engage with books. It believes that reading is a force for social good that can build community and enhance lives.

During 2009 Liverpool Reads gave away 20,000 copies of The Savage across Merseyside, encouraging the reading and sharing of the book as well as engagement with other people - parents, siblings, friends, colleagues, peers and neighbours.

"The Savage may be the boldest choice of book we've made for Liverpool Reads. It's a graphic novel, it's a children's book, but also a book for adults. It's a book to share with your family - read it aloud, or to take it to work and talk it over with your workmates." Director of The Reader Organisation, Jane Davis

  • Written by David Almond and illustrated by Dave McKean, The Savage is a uniquely presented, touching tale of grief, solace and hope from a master of contemporary storytelling and a visionary artist.

    "I was really thrilled when I heard that The Savage had been chosen for Liverpool Reads. It's a groundbreaking project - imaginative, creative, optimistic and wonderfully democratic - and it's a great honour to be part of it. The Savage is in many ways my favourite of all my books, not least because it is my first collaboration with Dave McKean." David Almond, author

    "Liverpool Reads is a wonderful initiative, encouraging people to read is always welcome, but getting everyone to read the same book so they can talk to each other about it and share their own thoughts on the story is particularly inspired." Dave McKean, illustrator

  • Online resource

    Through funding from Find Your Talent and with support from the Bluecoat, Liverpool Libraries, Knowsley Libraries and St Helens Libraries, Liverpool Reads was able to develop an educational resource. This online resource was created for use by anyone who has engaged with the book including teachers, their pupils in KS2 and KS3, educators from outside a school setting - indeed anyone wishing to facilitate further thinking and discussion around the issues raised.

    Get Into Reading

    As part of Find Your Talent, The Reader Organisation is running an eight-week programme of 'Get Into Reading' groups in six schools with pupils, staff and parents. 'Get Into Reading' is The Reader Organisation's leading social outreach project, which has been proven to help build peoples confidence and improve wellbeing through reading for pleasure. Crucial to their success is that all books and poems are read aloud so that anyone can join a group, even if they are unable to read themselves. The groups meet weekly, enabling stability and a sense of community to develop.

    The groups that received funding for through Find Your Talent are aimed specifically at engaging staff, parents and pupils in weekly read-aloud groups. The aim is to improve communications between these groups and to assist those pupils most at need to begin reading for pleasure. The sessions start in January 2010 and will be delivered by a Get Into Reading project worker for the eight weeks. There will also be training for the staff and parents involved in the reading groups.

  • Liverpool Reads launched in September 2009 with the help of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service who kicked off a day of events dubbed, 'The Reading Emergency'. David Almond and Dave McKean helped to celebrate and get the word out about The Savage.

    Events started in Liverpool Central Library with a reading with pupils from Holy Cross Primary and Birkenhead High, followed by Croxteth fire station, St John Boscoe School, Palmerston School Mersey Care NHS Trust's Board Room.

    To promote the online resource and to inform schools about the reading group opportunity, Jen Tomkins, (Communications Manager, The Reader Organisation), Bec Fearon (Participation Manager, the Bluecoat) and Steve Padget (PGCE and Flexible Route Coordinator, Liverpool Hope University) who created the resource, went on a 'Savage Roadshow' to libraries in the three Find Your Talent areas. There was a good turn-out at these events, especially in St. Helens, with lots of schools interested in reading The Savage with their classes. At this point schools were asked to apply for the reading groups and training, thinking about the outcomes for the project in their school and the sustainability of it.

    The schools taking part are St. John's Primary and The Beacon (Liverpool), All Saints and Saints Peter and Paul Primary (Kirkby), Thatto Heath Primary and Sutton High Sports College (St Helens). They were chosen by a group consisting of local area librarians, literacy coordinators and Find Your Talent partner representatives. The schools will be starting their reading groups in the New Year - we'll let you know how they get on.