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Chris Riddell appointed Patron of Young City Reads

We are delighted to announce that author, illustrator and children’s laureate Chris Riddell will be the first patron of Brighton-based reader development project, Young City Reads, a scheme run by the organisation Collected Works CIC and delivered as part of Brighton Festival. Riddell, who lives in the city was appointed as patron to highlight and support the organisation’s commitment to enriching young lives through shared reading.

‘I’m proud to be a patron of Young City Reads which energises children throughout the city each year, creating new, engaged readers who discover the transformative power of reading for pleasure.’ – Chris Riddell, Patron of Young City Reads

Chris Riddell is one of the most regarded authors and illustrators of his generation, particularly known for his witty, atmospheric and evocative illustrations, he is also a great advocate of the educational importance in reading for pleasure and a champion of libraries, particularly in primary schools.

Sarah Hutchings, Founding Director of Collected Works said: “We are utterly delighted that Chris, someone who is so hugely talented and widely admired has agreed to be the Patron of Young City Reads. He will be an inspiration and role model to all the young readers we come into contact with and will act as an ambassador for the shared reading initiatives Collected Works CIC delivers across Sussex.”

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City Reads 2016 concludes with Paul McVeigh in conversation

 

After two months since its launch – and a whole host of events, from talks and screenings to quizzes and essential whiskey-tasting – Sunday afternoon saw City Reads 2016 come to an end with one final stop on our journey with The Good Son: author Paul McVeigh in conversation with fellow Brightonian, writer Laura Lockington at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre. Throughout the discussion and post-conversation Q & A, Laura and audience members questioned Paul on his inspiration for the book, the extent to which it might be considered autobiographical, and especially what it was really like growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland as a young boy.

READ THE ARGUS’ FIVE STAR REVIEW OF THE EVENT HERE

Following on from a couple of lively and humorous readings from the book by Paul –and amid a lot of laughter – Laura and the audience managed to tease from the author just how much of himself he saw in Mickey; how many of Mickey’s experiences in the book are based on his own; and one (potential spoiler!) savvy audience member even got Paul to explain what was meant by that ending! Like City Reads itself the hour-long event was over too soon, but fortunately Paul stuck around for an informal chat afterwards with attendees who wanted to hear a bit more – and get their book signed whilst they had the chance! For those of us who still haven’t
finished The Good Son we have that, at least, to look forward to. For everyone else – we hope you’ll be around to join us for City Reads 2017; the wait until next year starts now…

John Attridge, City Reads Volunteer

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