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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Literacy campaign launched

A CAMPAIGN to encourage children to spend more time reading has been launched.

Authors into Millom Schools is the brainchild of former journalist Dave Ward.

The scheme will see top authors visiting Haverigg School, Black Combe Junior School, St James’ Roman Catholic School and Thwaites School.

Tom Palmer, lead author in the National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars scheme, will kick off the events in April.

Mr Ward, a former FIFA accredited sports reporter, said: “Similar things happen in thousands of schools around the country but there are problems with the location – writers can’t travel backwards and forwards all the time.

“One of the things at the centre of the scheme is we want kids to read more and write better.”

Mr Ward previously toyed with the idea of setting up a literary festival in Millom but instead helped set up the schools scheme with the help of fellow organisers and a team of volunteers.

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