A reception will be held at Clarence House on 4 December by the Duchess of Cornwall to announce the National Literacy Trust’s ten ‘Literacy Heroes’ campaign. She will meet some of the ‘Literacy Heroes’ as well as learn about their contributions before the awards presentation.
Launched in October by the Duchess, the campaign began after research disclosed that children feel somewhat shamed if others see them reading. “The campaign was designed to celebrate inspiring individuals from all walks of life who have either made a significant impact on the reading skills of others or overcome problems with literacy themselves,” say Clarence House.
Those appearing at the reception will include: The Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, illustrator Axel Scheffler, authors Charlie Higson, Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, and ‘Literacy Heroes’ campaign judges, Joanna Trollope, Cressida Cowell and Dorothy Koomson.
Celebrating its 20th year to improve the UK’s literacy skills, the Trust began to look for the country’s ‘Literacy Heroes,’ individuals who possibly inspired others to develop their literacy skills or perhaps had personal success in rising above their own reading and writing challenges.
Now could not have been a better time to honour the reading and literacy ‘heroes’ as “The National Literacy Trust’s research shows that children’s reading performance is declining, children are reading less and are holding more negative attitudes towards reading.”
The winners of the award were selected from a good number of recommendations by a group of celebrity judges. The panel included authors Cressida Cowell, Dorothy Koomson and Joanna Trollope, actor, comedian and writer Miles Jupp, entrepreneur Levi Roots, and columnist Lucy Mangan.
Since 2010, Camilla has been Patron of the National Literacy Trust. The reception marks the end of the 20th Anniversary celebration of the National Literacy Trust.