Read to succeed initiative

High-profile authors of books for young people visited secondary schools in North Lanarkshire to encourage reading for pleasure

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First-year pupils heard from authors about what inspires them, what books they love and where they get their ideas for their stories from.

The 'Read to Succeed' programme took place across all 25 secondary schools throughout September.

Pupils received signed copies of one of the author's books at the end of each event.

The programme concluded with an inspirational (and funny) presentation from Leicester-based author Bali Rai. He said: "It was great to see how enthused the pupils were about the Read to Succeed programme and about the improtance of reading for pleasure and how essential school libraries are - it's been fantastic to be part of it."

Isabelle Boyd, Assistant Chief Executive for Education Youth & Communities, added: "This is a fantastic programme which highlights our attainment challenge drive to close the attainment gap between more and less advantaged pupils. Above all it's about encouraging a lifelong love of reading."

The authors making school visits were: Jonathan Meres, Theresa Breslin, Lari Don, Alan Gibbons, Alex Scarrow, Alison Galbraith, Philip Caveney (a.k.a. Danny Weston), Oisin McGann and Bali Rai.

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