Thanks for your support. I’ll be at the Cheltenham Literary Festival and I’d love to meet as many of you as can make it. Here’s the details as published by the Festival:
The Jan Urban-Smith Debate
Melvin Burgess, Anne Fine, Jamila Gavin and Graham Tyrer
Do We Still Believe Books Matter to our Children?
Do we still believe that books matter to our children? If so, why are libraries closing and literature reduced to extracts in school , as if solely for the purpose of jumping through hoops? Is the chance to read widely being squeezed between the pressure of regimented schooling and an increasingly pervasive digital ‘tablet culture’? And what can parents do? Join bestselling children’s writers Melvin Burgess, Anne Fine and Jamila Gavin and school literacy guru Graham Tyrer to debate these challenging questions and find out the books that shaped them as they grew up.