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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Young City Reads 2017 Launch

A few days on and we are still fizzing from our brilliant Young City Reads 2017 launch. Kicking off on World Book Day, we celebrated the beginning of what promises to be our most successful and fun project to date! Things went off with a (human canon-ball) bang in the morning when we were joined by the one and only Dr. Surprise from the book! Let’s let author A.F. Harrold introduce him:


Dr surprise was the circus’s
Mysterious Magical Mind Reader, Horrendous, Horripilating Hypnotist and Incredible Invisible Illusionist.

Dr. Surprise was busy throughout the day reading young minds from Year 4 City Academy Whitehawk and Year 5 St Barts at both Whitehawk and Jubilee libraries. Children answered cryptic clues hidden within library books in a tantalizing treasure hunt, there was lots of mind reading, a touch of hypnosis, mind reading, chapter 1 reading, more mind reading and readings of the MIIIIIIINNNNNNNNND.

As well as these activities, (and did I mention Dr. Surprise’s mind reading?!) the children created some amazing drawings that would make the book’s illustrator Sarah Horne super proud!

Everyone is so excited and enthusiastic to be part of such an inspiring and entertaining GINORMOUS book group – thank you to everyone taking part – our wonderful classes, teachers, libraries, and of course Dr. Surprise! We had such a fun launch and the next 10 weeks are going to be GREAT!

Teachers who haven’t signed up yet – don’t fret, there’s still time – complete the online form here or get in touch via the contact page for further info.

We’ll leave you with a picture of Dr Surprise adding to his extensive library card collection by becoming a member of Brighton and Hove Libraries!

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Young City Reads in Worthing

Wonderful news for the kids of Worthing: four years after the
launch in Brighton and Hove, our Young City Reads project plans to give hours of gripping reading and fun to all the kids in our town.

Many classes have already joined in and are waiting with trepidation to start the adventure on World Book Day, it couldn’t have been any other date, could it? For ten weeks these lucky children will share their reading, receive lots of dazzling free activities and will have a laugh with the absurd situations Fizzlebert Stump gets into.

We are not only talking about schools either, the entire town is working together to make this an even bigger event. We are delighted to say that Worthing libraries are happy to welcome class visits, to talk about the book and see the place where our Fizzlebert ends up, after running away from the circus.

We are really pleased that a place like Worthing, with lots of
young families and a great sense of community has this
teachers, spread the word and let’s fun begin.

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Street Readers visit Brighton Dome

The members of our wonderful reading group at First Base: Street Readers, had an exclusive tour backstage at Brighton Dome recently. One group member, who is a musician, was very excited to be standing on the same stage that his hero (Jimi Hendrix) once played.

David Bowie also played Brighton Dome five times between 1969 and 1973 and Pink Floyd were regular performers at the venue in the 1960s and 70s, appearing eight times between 1966 and 1972. The Dome also hosted ABBA’s victory in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo

The reading group is run on a weekly basis. Over the two year project, the aim is to encourage participants to add their own ideas to a group toolkit – so it becomes a living resource they can use. We will also offer training to group members, supporting them to ‘try out’ facilitating a session, so the group can continue as a peer led activity at First Base, after the two year funding comes to an end.

Visit our SHARED READING page to discover more about our work with readers across the City and beyond.

This project has kindly been funded by the People’s Health Trust.

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The Pebble Trust Supports Young City Reads

Collected Works CIC are very proud to announce The Pebble Trust as funders for our work with young people. The trust is a charity based in Brighton and Hove, established to provide support for local people and causes. Since 2009, the trust have made donations to local organisations which are involved in education, care, community, heritage and the arts (to name a few).

The Pebble Trust are very generously supporting Young City Reads‘ aim to reach out to new schools. Each year, many schools and young people take part in our ‘Big Read’ – where the same book is read over a ten week period, while bite sized literacy tasks and drawing activities are emailed over each Monday to tie in with the book’s themes. The project has proven to be highly successful in encouraging reluctant readers to engage in texts and creating a connection with characters and boosting creativity inside and outside of the classroom.

With this funding, Young City Reads will be able to reach out to new schools and areas in and around East Sussex to offer more pupils the take part in this free project and achieve Arts Awards in the process.

Once again, we’d like to thank The Pebble Trust and its contributions to a much loved and exciting project.

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Nominate CITY READS for Community Event of the year

The Argus Community Stars Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people and organisations across Sussex – celebrating individuals, charities and organisations who have worked hard to bring communities across Brighton & Hove together in positive ways.

Here at City Reads, we believe that in the last eleven (yes, eleven) years, we have: championed some great books (that might not have been widely read without our help), hosted fun, interesting and accessible events inspired by themes found in the text, but most of all, brought people together to discuss books and reading in sociable settings.

We have encourage meet ups through our work with book groups in libraries across Brighton & Hove – attracting those learning English as a new language, those who want to read different genres and those who just love reading and having a cup of tea!

CLICK TO NOMINATE US!

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