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HRH the Duchess of Cornwall launches our search for Literacy Heroes

4 Oct 2013

HRHOur Patron HRH the Duchess of Cornwall has today launched the campaign for Literacy Heroes, celebrating twenty years of the National Literacy Trust. We’re looking for Heroes who have improved their own literacy or inspired others to improve. A Hero could be an author, a celebrity, a young person or adult, a librarian, a teacher or anyone who has inspired people.

The campaign comes after new National Literacy Trust research reveals children are spending less of their own time reading and are increasingly embarrassed to be seen reading. Research with 35,000 8-16 year olds found that the number of children reading in their own time fell by a quarter from 2005 and that nearly a third more children are embarrassed to be seen reading than they were just two years ago.

In a message to the National Literacy Trust, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall says:

“As Patron of the National Literacy Trust, I am delighted to support this imaginative and timely campaign to find the country's Literacy Heroes.

I firmly believe in the importance of igniting a passion for reading in the next generation. In a world where the written word competes with so many other calls on our attention, we need more Literacy Heroes to keep inspiring young people to find the pleasure and power of reading for themselves."  

Celebrity judges will help to select the Literacy Heroes. These include bestselling authors Joanna Trollope, Cressida Cowell and Dorothy Koomson, entrepreneur Levi Roots, actor, comedian and writer Miles Jupp, and columnist Lucy Mangan. The judges have all nominated their own Literacy Heroes, who can be viewed here.

You can nominate your own Literacy Hero here by 5pm on Sunday 27 October 2013. The winning Literacy Heroes will be celebrated at a special VIP event in December.

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