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Literature Matters: Reading Together with The Royal Society of Literature

08 July 2021 Share

RSL Fellows and Honorary Fellows – Daljit Nagra, Paul Muldoon and, newly elected in 2021, Emma Thompson, Kadija Sesay, Edmund de Waal, SF Said and Patrick Gale are being matched with Year 8/9 classes.

Each Fellow has selected a text that impacted their life when they were a young person, and copies are being sent out to every pupil in the class, supported by UK publishers. Alongside the books, each student will receive a goody bag to support them in their reading, as well as weekly video updates from their Fellow throughout the summer break.

On returning to school in the autumn, each school’s Fellow will host an informal virtual Book Club to discuss the text and give the young people the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions.

Schools include Mulberry Schools in London, Kirkby High School in Merseyside, Q3 Academy Tipton in the West Midlands, Newport High in Newport and Malone College in Belfast. You can watch the welcome films here.

And brilliant news - there's still a place left! The brilliant novelist and #ReadingTogether Ambassador Patrick Gale has chosen Kafka’s Metamorphosis – each member of your class will receive a copy of the book, a goody bag, weekly video updates, and a virtual Book Club with Patrick!

If you teach Year 8/9 (12–14-year-olds) in a UK state secondary school and want to be a part of Reading Together register your interest by Thursday 8 July, 6pm. 

Find out more about the project and the RSL here.