My role involves managing The Reading Agency's office facilities and organising our events. I joined the organisation in 2006 and I'm committed to contributing to the work of inspiring people to read.
I was lucky enough to grow up in a family of avid readers who were regular library users, so imagine my joy when my first job was working on Saturdays in my local library. I continued to work in libraries in Wales and then in Westminster, primarily in children's libraries.
l have vivid childhood memories of the regular Saturday morning visit to the library and being able to choose whichever books I wanted and taking them home and losing myself in another world. I admit to reading Enid Blyton books as often as I could lay my hands on them and always wanting to be a member of the Famous Five! My favourite book ever was The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier, as I was carried along with the children's search for their parents during the Second World War.
Although I still have a love for "real books" and have a substantial book collection at home, I've recently discovered the benefits of my e-reader and enjoy the ability to browse and download books to keep me occupied on my commute back and forth to the office. I love reading crime thrillers and mysteries, particularly when they are set in places familiar to me and I've recently enjoyed Peter May's books set in the Outer Hebrides.
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