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Monday, 2 December 2013
If you are a teacher, librarian or other intermediary using Quick Reads with adult learners, we would like you to complete our latest survey. By doing so, you play a critical role in providing us with feedback about how we can continue to target our support and also help us to build a case to continue funding this important initiative.
Please direct any queries about this survey to email@example.com
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
The Southbank Centre is hosting the 15th anniversary of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction with readings from the works of top authors shortlisted for the prize.
The shortlist this year is:
To get 50% off tickets (making them only £6/£5) simply quote SAMUEL when booking online, by phone or in person. The event will take place at 8.00pm on 3 November 2013, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.
Please visit the Southbank Centre website for more information and to book your place.
Friday, 6 September 2013
The new list of Galaxy® Quick Reads titles is announced today, to coincide with International Literacy Day on Sunday 8 September, with a host of bestselling authors penning books for the charity.
The books, which will be on shelves in February 2014, include:
Next year will see Quick Reads continue its campaign to introduce more people to reading. Recent research indicates that as many as one in six adults struggling to read and that over a third of people (35.2%) never read a book for pleasure.
But it would seem that the books are successful at encouraging those who have trouble reading to pick up a book, with 69% of learners going on to read another Galaxy® Quick Reads book once finishing their first, and 68% attempting other books as a result of finishing a Galaxy® Quick Read.
Following a successful rebrand of the charity last year, the 2014 books will be the first to suggest onward reading – more titles from the same author.
Cathy Rentzenbrink, Project Director for Quick Reads, said:
"With one in six adults having difficulty reading, the scale of the challenge facing us is huge and Quick Reads is only made possible by the support of our partners. We've partnered with NIACE for many years now and the work it does with Quick Reads books is invaluable.
"It really is encouraging to see the impact Galaxy® Quick Reads books have on emerging readers and that they go on to try other books. This year, we want to make it as easy as possible to find another similar book, by the same author, which they can be confident they’ll enjoy which is why we’ve redesigned the book jackets to point readers in the right direction.
"I’m thrilled with our new list of authors, we’ve got a real mix of genres so there’s something for everyone whether you like thrillers, romantic comedies or historical stories. The authors have all come on board because they’re passionate about literacy so it’s great to have such well-known authors supporting the push to get more people enjoying reading.
"Our aim is to bring the pleasures and benefits of reading to everyone. With one in six adults having difficulty reading, the scale of the challenge facing us is huge and Quick Reads is only made possible by the support of our partners. We've partnered with NIACE for many years now and the work it does with Quick Reads books is invaluable.
"Every year we hear from adults whose lives and attitudes have been transformed by reading Quick Reads books – they're often the first book people have ever read – something I'm immensely proud about. I hope this year will see even more people discovering the pleasure reading can bring through Quick Reads."
Sue Southwood, NIACE Project Manager for Quick Reads Outreach Work, said:
"There have been many great initiatives in literacy learning and teaching over the years, but what was missing for so long were books, written at the right level for adults, by talented and best-selling authors that learners could get excited about. This is exactly what Quick Reads have brought and they have become an invaluable part of adult literacy learning in the 21st Century. Literacy tutors tell us that they don’t know how they got on without them.
"Each year there are new and exciting titles which invigorate learners and the list of authors for 2014 is one I know that people will be excited about. Couple these new Quick Reads with the learning materials that will be produced to support them and its quite clear that thousands more adults will become enthusiastic and invigorated readers and lovers of books, passing on this enthusiasm to their families and friends."
"Each year there are new and exciting titles which invigorate learners and the list of authors for 2014 is one I know that people will be excited about."
Barbara Taylor Bradford, one of the Quick Reads 2014 authors, said:
"I feel very passionate about encouraging people to pick up a book and read it which is why I was so pleased to be asked to write for Quick Reads. I really enjoyed writing the book and hope that it will make a real difference in introducing people to the pleasure that reading can bring."
For the fourth year running, Galaxy® is partnering with Quick Reads as the main sponsor. Emma Rees, Galaxy® Brand Director, said:
"Reading has always been important to us; we recognise the pleasure that can be gained by losing yourself in a great book and a bar of Galaxy®.
"This year, we're pleased to continue our support for Quick Reads. It's such a valuable initiative which makes a big impact in encouraging those who may have lost the habit of reading or who may feel intimidated by a longer book to pick up something manageable."
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
NIACE is working in partnership with Homeless Charities, Housing Associations and Children's Centres to engage hard to reach social groups who often fall through the cracks of traditional adult learning provision.
Five organisations have now been selected to pilot new Quick Reads Reading Groups, with learners being given the opportunity to achieve a new OCR Speaking and Listening Unit Qualification.
Starting in September, participants will receive free Quick Reads and learning resources to help them improve literacy levels, build confidence and develop analytical skills, supported by a professional reading consultant.
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 21 March 2013
NRDC has carried out new research into reading for pleasure in the context of adult reading groups of emerging readers. It explores what reading for pleasure means, what people gain from reading and why they might benefit from reading in groups.
Thursday, 7 March 2013
This impact evaluation report is primarily based on an online survey of Quick Reads users sent out to NIACE, unionlearn and The Reading Agency’s network of organisations running its Six Book Challenge scheme.Read more
Friday, 22 February 2013
317 people completed the Quick Reads online survey and we would like to thank everyone for their responses. Three lucky winners have been randomly selected and will soon receive the following prizes:
1st Prize: 48-book pack with 50 bookmarks, two posters and a display stand
2nd Prize: 24-book pack with 50 bookmarks and two posters
3rd Prize: One set of the new 2013 titles
The data collected will be used to inform the future development of Quick Reads and to evaluate our successes to date.
We are very grateful for your continued support. Happy reading!
Thursday, 14 February 2013
New research unveiled today shows that a quarter of UK adults (over 12 million people) have only picked up a book to read for pleasure once or less in the past six months. Nearly one in 10 adults claim they never read books (8%), with over a quarter (29%) of those who read once every six months or less citing time pressures as the reason.However, the statistics which reveal Britain’s ‘reading rut’ also illustrate the many personal and social benefits that reading for pleasure provides. Of those polled about reading for pleasure:
The findings come as Quick Reads – backed by actress Kara Tointon – launches a new set of bite-size books by renowned authors, including Andy McNab and Kathy Lette, in a bid to encourage more people to get into reading.This year’s Galaxy Quick Reads titles are:
Monday, 3 December 2012
World Book Night - 23 April 2013
World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading that sees 20,000 volunteers gift 20 copies each of 20 specially chosen and printed books in their communities to spread a passion for books and reading to those who may not regularly read.
This year, for the first time ever, World Book Night and Quick Reads have teamed up with Andy McNab’s Last Night Another Soldier... as one of the featured books.
You, your colleagues, your adult learners (and anyone else) can apply as one of the volunteers and receive 20 copies of the book to give to new readers. You can also apply as an institution and receive more than 20 copies.
Last Night Another Soldier...
McNab’s book is specially written to be quick and easy to read for all levels. His incredibly gripping story of life on the front line in Afghanistan and what happens to four young soldiers is fast paced and thrilling. This is the perfect book to engage new readers and open them up to the exciting world of books and reading.
So help us to reach more new readers than ever before by signing yourself up to be a giver on World Book Night 2013 and get your learners to sign up too: http://bit.ly/WBNapply
For more information on World Book Night visit: http://www.worldbooknight.org/
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Top Valley Academy recently took advantage of NIACE’s Great Quick Reads Giveaway with surprising results. After ordering 100 mixed titles for her students, Katya Harvey, Head of English said:
”They have gone down extremely well with our 14-16 year olds - especially ‘Bloody Valentine’ and ‘Tackling Life’. Students are now talking about books and asking to read for longer in lessons rather than for just the ten compulsory minutes at the beginning of each lesson. A couple have even taken them home! We've only been using them for a few weeks this term but I think this is having more impact on more students than many other strategies we've tried.”