Liverpool Central Library will welcome three best-selling authors
through its doors later this month to kick start a national campaign.
Reading Agency launches its Quick Reads initiative in the city on Tuesday 18
February and three of the featured authors, Milly Johnson, A A Dhand and Clare
Mackintosh, will be taking part in a free public panel discussion.
Reads started in 2006 and is an important part of The Reading Agency’s drive to
improve adults’ literacy in the UK, where one in six adults find reading
difficult and only a third read for pleasure.
books are bite-sized and are designed to be engaging and accessible to all
readers especially people just starting on their reading journey.
A Fresh Start – short story collection, edited by Fanny Blake, including
stories by Jojo Moyes, Ian Rankin and Adele Parks
Notting Hill Carnival – Candice Carty-Williams
Darkness Rising – A A Dhand
The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe – Milly Johnson
The Donor – Clare Mackintosh
This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay.
The Central Library event is free but tickets must be booked in advance through Eventbrite
The event will also be livestreamed to other public libraries as part of a partnership between The Reading Agency and the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network.
Barbara Murray, cabinet member for education, employment and skills and lead
for Liverpool’s Year of Reading: “It’s wonderful news that The Reading Agency has chosen to come
to Liverpool to launch 2020’s Quick Reads titles during our Year of Reading.
of Reading isn’t only about encouraging young people to read. We want to boost
literacy across the city and initiatives such as Quick Reads are a brilliant
way of doing that. As they get older, people fall out of the reading habit as they
think they don’t have time but Quick Reads mean that everyone can feel the
achievement that getting to the end of a book brings.”
Napier, chief executive, The Reading Agency, said: “We are delighted to be
holding the Quick Reads 2020 launch in Liverpool Central Library. We’ve chosen
Liverpool in support of the city’s Year of Reading 2020 #LiverpoolReads and to
celebrate the beautiful Central Library.
also means we can extend the celebration to HMP Liverpool and will be including
prison libraries and education as part of the launch day before coming to
Central Library in the evening.
best-selling authors will share these great stories written with the aim to
make reading accessible to less confident readers as well as to regular readers
who want to try something new. Coming to Liverpool is a great way for The
Reading Agency to start the year, using the proven power of reading to change
Find out more about Liverpool’s Year of Reading by following #LiverpoolReads on Twitter.