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Can I advertise through you?

It may be possible for you to advertise in our newsletters. Find out more

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I am a writer/author and I would like to tell you more about my work. Who should I contact?

We are often contacted by writers/authors who would like our support to promote their work. As a small charity we do not have the resources to help individuals.

We run a competition in partnership with Bloomsbury in order to find new talent in the world of children's fiction. Read more about the competition and and how to enter

You can also purchase a listing on our map of authors and storytellers, which helps schools to find those who provide services in their area. 

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I have a book/project/enterprise that I would like the National Literacy Trust to endorse. Who should I speak to?

If you offer free resources or your products are particularly aligned to one of our projects, please email sara.hook@literacytrust.org.uk.

If you would like to advertise your product in our email newsletter, find out more.

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I work for a literacy project or charity. What funding is available?

The National Literacy Trust does not provide any funding for external projects. For funding advice we recommend that you contact your local Council for Voluntary Services - a directory is at www.navca.org.uk/directory - which should be able to offer you funding advice. You could also contact The Foundation for Social Improvement - www.thefsi.org.  

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I’d like an author/footballer/celebrity to attend an event I’m running - can you help?

We are often asked if we can help schools to arrange visits by authors, footballers or other celebrities to talk to pupils about reading. While we are unable to provide contacts or arrange visits for you, we have provided some general advice that will help if you're thinking about inviting a footballer to visit your school. We have also produced a list of storytellers and performers who visit schools. It was created for schools that are working with us to deliver project activity, but can be used by anyone to find contacts in their area.

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What funding is there available for literacy research?

The National Literacy Trust does not provide funding. We recommend that you either contact the Arts and Humanities Research Council or the Economic and Social Research Council  depending on your discipline. If you are a university student then there should be a grants register available at your library. Alternatively, try contacting your local authority.

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What resources do you have that I can use in my school/library?

Our network provides a wide range of resources, practical advice and support to our members in schools and other settings.  Join our network.

We run regular competitions, with free supporting materials, for all schools in the UK. If you're a member of our network, you can access additional supporting materials. 

We also have a huge range of downloadable resources - some are free for everyone, while others are restricted to members or those delivering our programmes (these are clearly indicated). 

We are often asked about free posters.  We are not funded to produce or distribute these, but you can download them free of charge. Otherwise, why not try contacting publishers such as Puffin Books, Random House, Walker Books, Templar, etc. as they may have promotional posters they could send out to you.

Another easy way to make a fresh poster display would be to photograph your pupils reading and then display the photographs; the power of peer recommendation cannot be underestimated. An important aspect of a reading corner would also be the inclusion of comfy seating, textured drapes, calming colours such as purple or dark blue, to make the corner as informal and inviting as possible. 

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Where can I find out about writing competitions or promote my own?

We run a writing competition with Bloomsbury to find new talent in children's fiction. Read more about the New Children's Author Prize and how to enter.

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to maintain a list of writing competitions, so would recommend searching on the internet or contacting arts and/or creative writing organisations for advice. 

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.