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In memoriam giving

Liz James was Head of English at The Queen Katherine School in Kendal, one of our Reading Champions schools. Liz was an inspiration to her students, colleagues and friends as well as a strong supporter of literacy.

Sadly, Liz died last year, aged only 29. As a tribute to their teacher, The Queen Katherine School created an anthology of poetry and artwork in her memory.

The school invited poets John Hegley and Emma Jones to run a series of workshops around the theme of "things that inspire us". The workshops helped to ignite the initial creative spark in the pupils and the poems that came out of these workshops were published in an anthology entitled Lick Your Plate Clean – a line from one of the pupils' poems and a symbol of Liz’s own committed approach to life.

Liz believed in the idea of "keeping" a story but passing on the book, so readers are encouraged to read the book, sign one of the pages at the back of the book or write a comment, and then leave it in a public place for others to be inspired.

Copies of Lick Your Plate Clean are available from the Queen Katherine School, priced £3.00 plus p+p. If you would like to purchase a copy please send an email with your details to

All proceeds above costs raised for the publishing of this book were kindly donated to the National Literacy Trust. We would like to thank The Queen Katherine School for their valued support, not only through this project but also through their in memoriam donation.


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.