Bestselling writer Adele Parks is giving her support to Reading Ahead 2018-19 with the pledge that she will include the name of the winner of our national prize draw in one of her future books.
We're announcing this to coincide with publication of Adele's 18th novel, I Invited Her In. Adele published her first novel, Playing Away, in 2000. Since then, all 17 novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers with a total of more than three million copies sold in the UK.
Adele has been an ambassador for The Reading Agency and supported Reading Ahead (and its predecessor the Six Book Challenge) for several years. She says: "Reading is a lovely thing and it really should be available to everyone, that's why I love this brilliant programme which aims to make that happen! You can't underestimate the power of books and stories because reading empowers, enlightens and entertains. Everyone needs to be transported out of themselves from time to time and a good book can do just that!'
This builds on the success of this year's draw for Reading Ahead 2017-18 for which top crimewriter Ann Cleeves agreed to include the name of the winner Karan Pabla in a future title.
Reading Ahead 2018-19 runs from this autumn until the summer of 2019 when we encourage participants and organisations to enter our prize draws by a deadline of 1 July. Ten runners-up for the top prize will each receive £25 vouchers and one organisation from each sector (public libraries, learning providers, prisons and workplaces) will receive a visit from an author through our publisher partnerships.
Now in its 12th year, Reading Ahead is designed to engage new readers and help them to improve their literacy and language skills at the same time.
If you'd like to take part in Reading Ahead or run it in your organisation, get in touch to find out more.
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Visit our resources database for guidance and templates to run the programme and see our case studies for further ideas and evidence of impact.