Reading for Enjoyment, Achievement and Development of yOuNg people

Writing West Midlands

Cooperation Projects

England

2017

Total project grant (euros)

2,000,000

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EACEA 45/2016

Project date

1 Jun 2017 - 31 May 2021

Number of partners in project

7

Lead organisation

Rogaland Fylkeskommune, Norway

Partners

Comitato Organizzatore Del Festival Internazionale Della Letteratura In Mantova, Italy

Agrupamento De Escolas Carlos Gargate, Portugal

West Cork Music Ltd, Ireland

Skudeneshavn Internasjonale Litteratur Og Kultur Festival (SILK), Norway

Associacio Tantagora Serveis Culturals, Spain

Writing West Midlands Ltd, UK

READ ON's challenge is to reignite the passion for reading among young people.  To create and make way for a new generation of readers to be developed through a series of activities implemented through the partnership of seven cultural organizations from 6 EU countries. The project will chose as main focal points schools, literature festivals, libraries, informal reading groups, diverse web solutions, to ensure young people meet books & literature in various situations.

READ ON's aim is to turn 12-18 year old youths into active readers of novels, short stories, poems, graphic novels etc. We will also motivate them to participate in creative writing; thus training them to create & write fiction, stories & essays & develop graphic novels about given themes. Through our project we will help them publish & reach audiences, and thereby, hopefully, develop future EU writers.

READ ON will generate young audiences who can be reached & developed by the partnership through the project's cultural activities programme – EU blurandevù, fan fiction lab, anthology lab, passports, my life in strips, European illustration network –  over 48 months. READ ON will also train teachers, librarians, children's entertainers & cultural professionals and give them very useful practice & experience within literature promotion, reading approaches etc. We will also disseminate results among a greater number of professionals & foster sustainability of project methods & tools after the project’s end - for instance through updating the website with links to our literature festivals.

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