Get London Reading

On Saturday, July, 13th, I was invited to be the guest of honour at Canada House for the Canadian High Commission’s BookFest, as part of the Evening Standard’s fantastic Get London Reading festival.

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The High Commission opened up the amazing building for visitors, introducing them to Canadian children’s literature.  I met hundreds of parents and young people, all eager to get reading.

When I was young, I really didn’t like reading. I found it hard and boring. I struggled to find any excitement in books. I never met an author until I was in university, and I’d never experienced any excitement around books.  That’s why the Get London Reading event, and the Canadian High Commission event are so important; they signal to young people that reading can be interesting, exciting, and even social.

Far too often reading is a lonely, singular pursuit, but in brining people together to talk about and celebrate books, it makes a solitary activity social and engaging; exactly the mechanics we need to help young people embrace literacy and see its value.

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