Adam Baron, Author of ‘Boy, Underwater’ tells us how a workshop to inspire students taking part in the 2018 Leicester City Readathon inspired him too.
31st October 2018
I was delighted to be asked by Read For Good and Leicester-based literacy initiative Whatever it Takes to run workshops for 250 pupils at Leicester Racecourse and for one prize-winning school, Judgemeadow Community College. The plan was to cheer on students taking part in the Leicester city Readathon- a celebration of reading from 1st-12th October across 67 city schools, which involved an incredible 28, 308 children who all pledged to read to help raise money for books and storytellers to children in hospital across the UK, including Leicester Children’s Hospital at Leicester Royal Infirmary. The children were amazing, engaging in the workshop and coming up with some brilliant stories.
It was funny because I had been asked to run this event to inspire the students, but I think it was me who was most inspired. It was great to hear what the children in Leicester thought about my latest novel, Boy Underwater. It features a boy called Cymbeline Igloo, whose mum has never let him go swimming. The students loved the humour, but didn’t flinch from the deeper themes in the book either. They gave me a lot of ideas for the next one, and they all really seemed to get the idea of a boy who has to find out his mum’s secrets in order to save her. To see much-thumbed copies of Boy Underwater in the hands of such passionate advocates for reading was a real thrill. The hunger they have for books was really good to see, demonstrating again how important reading is to growing minds. For some children to miss out on this as they are in hospital is wrong, so well done Read For Good. I can’t imagine a more worthwhile cause to support than to help bring stories and storytellers to children who are having a difficult time of it. Keep it up!