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We have a number of ambassadors who generously donate their time to support and raise awareness for our work.

Our ambassadors

Sir Antony Beevor is the author of many bestselling books including D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, Stalingrad and most recently Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge. Antony has supported our work since 2010. He has visited projects and attended numerous fundraising events including our annual gala dinner.

Malorie Blackman is an award-winning writer of over 60 books for children and young adults and has been described by The Times as ‘a national treasure’. In 2008 she was honoured with an OBE for services to children’s literature and she was the Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015.

Malorie is a regular spokesperson for our work and a celebrated guest author at our annual gala dinner. She has delivered speeches at fundraising events and has generously given her time to help celebrate initiatives such school library makeovers.

Writer and illustrator Lauren Child is the Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate 2017 to 2019. She is best known for her Clarice Bean series, Charlie and Lola picture books, which have been adapted for BBC TV, and the Ruby Redfort teen detective series for older readers. In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.

Lauren has been a fantastic supporter of the National Literacy Trust since 2010 and is a popular guest author at our annual gala dinner.

Author and illustrator Cressida Cowell is best known for her How to Train Your Dragon series of children’s books, now a major DreamWorks Animation feature film series. The Wizards of Once, the first book in a new series for children, is published in September 2017. Cressida has been a champion of the National Literacy Trust since 2005. She has supported all areas of our work, visiting numerous projects, attending Parliamentary Receptions and giving countless media interviews on our behalf. She is a regular guest author at our annual gala dinner and has contributed unique prizes for auction.

Following a successful career in public relations, Nick Hewer took to our TV screens as adviser to Lord Alan Sugar on the BBC TV series The Apprentice. He now presents Countdown for Channel 4. Nick has a particular interest in our work with young people and improving their opportunities for future employment and joined our Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and guests at a celebration of our Words for Work programme, which takes business volunteers into schools to help improve students’ communication and employability skills.

Charlie Higson is an author, actor, comedian and writer for television and radio. He was one of the main writers and performers of the BBC 2 hit The Fast Show. He is the author of the bestselling Young Bond series, featuring Ian Fleming’s secret agent James Bond as a young teenage boy attending school at Eton College in the 1930s. Charlie is a huge fan of horror films and books and has written a bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers. The Sacrifice, the fourth title in the series, was published in 2012.

Writer Anthony Horowitz’s work includes TV series, films, plays and journalism. He has written over 40 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, the Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty and the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis. In 2014 Anthony was awarded an OBE for his services to literature.

Anthony is a valued and long-term supporter of our work. He is a hugely popular guest author at our annual gala dinner and has generously donated many unique prizes for auction.

Footballer, father and author of the Frankie’s Magic Football series, Frank Lampard OBE became an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust in 2015, supporting our football and literacy work. “The importance of getting children to enjoy reading was the inspiration behind my own books. Whether you’re reading with your kids or just enjoying a good book on your own it’s a wonderful experience and one of life’s great pleasures.”

Axel Scheffler is best known for his work with Julia Donaldson; their bestselling modern classic, The Gruffalo, has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 60 languages. Axel has been a much valued supporter of the National Literacy Trust since 2010. An unfailingly popular guest author at our annual gala dinner, Axel has generously donated numerous pieces of artwork for auction over the years.


Bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE is passionate about empowering women. Her books feature women who drive to succeed in life and Barbara uses her role as an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust to celebrate women’s literacy, reaching out to those who struggle with literacy and inspiring a new generation of female writers and readers.