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Literature Pub Quiz

BeerHow about hosting a literature-themed pub quiz, where all the questions are based around books (though don't worry, you don't have to have read all the books!). A great way to have fun and raise some vital funds for the National Literacy Trust at the same time.

We've already done the hard work and written the quiz. All you need to do is email for your copy, find somewhere to host the quiz and tell everyone about it!

Book Swap Party

How does it work?

A stack of booksInvite all your friends round, and ask each person to bring three books with them that they’ve read, but are still in reasonable condition. Lay all the books out somewhere, and, once everyone’s arrived, your guests can select three new books to take home with them.

By asking everyone to make a donation to the National Literacy Trust in return for their new books, you can help us raise much needed funds. We would suggest asking for £10, or £3 per book that they take, and approaching your guests when they arrive or during the book swap.

Don’t forget to print out some of our gift aid forms, or ask us to send you some donation envelopes so that we can claim up to an extra 25% on your guests’ gifts.

Please also let us know when you’re hosting your book swap party so we can make sure you’ve got everything you need!

If there are any books left over from the event then you can help us further by donating them to Better World Books. For more information see their website.

Speed Book Club

Reading a graphic novelA book club hosted speed-dating style! Organise an evening of “book dates” where everyone gets to socialise with other enthusiastic readers, hear about the different books and authors their fellow book-lovers enjoy and get ideas for their next exciting read.

For details on how to run this easy, fun event please email

Once you’ve held your event

Count up all the donations you’ve received and write a cheque to the National Literacy Trust for the total, and don't forget to send us any Gift Aid forms. Let everyone who came know how much you raised and don’t forget to say thank you. Then put your feet up and have a well-earned rest in the knowledge that you’ve helped make a difference to disadvantaged children’s and adults’ lives.

If you’d like to tell us about your event then we’d love to hear from you. Please email us.

The Doric Dictionary

Students from Robert Gordon University raised over £4,500 by producing a dictionary of the local dialect.

Read more about how they did it

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.