Meet Lewis, he's a member of the Reading Activists in Warrington, and he's our Reading Activist of the month. Lewis has been part of the group since September 2012. He never misses a meeting and is the regular tweeter for the group.
Lewis has played an extremely active role in the project and has attended a number of events including a marketing workshop with Livity. He recently interviewed author Marcus Sedgwick via Skype and took part in a mentoring programme run by The Writing Squad with coaching from Jenn Ashworth and Steve Dearden. Lewis' work was published in the anthology, Head in the Clouds. In his spare time, Lewis enjoys reading and writing, watching films and listening to music.
We talked to Lewis about what's it like being a Reading Activist.
What do you enjoy most about Reading Activists?
How we all work as a team to create great ideas. I enjoy tweeting about all the things we do as Reading Activists, and like helping to organise author events. I am really looking forward to doing some animation.
How has Reading Activists changed you?
It has made me more determined to get things done. I used to think the library was boring, but now it's cool. I am better in working as part of a team.
What would you say to a friend who is thinking of becoming a Reading Activist?
It is a great way to socialise and make a difference, so do it!
What have you learnt/what skills have you gained?
I am more determined and have more patience and persistence. My writing has improved, and I have been encouraged to write more after being published in Head in the Clouds. I use the library much more and read more than I used to.
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