Bestselling local authors and illustrators become Get Suffolk Reading ambassadors

17 Nov 2021

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A host of local authors and illustrators have joined Get Suffolk Reading’s mission to encourage a love of reading and writing for disadvantaged children and young people across the county. The line-up of ambassadors include:

  • Anthony Horowitz, author and creator of some of the UK’s best loved TV and book series including the Alex Rider series and The Diamond Brothers.
  • James Mayhew, author of the Kate Greenaway Medal longlisted Mrs Noah’s Pockets, Gaspard the Fox and Once Upon a Tune: Stories from the Orchestra.
  • Polly Dunbar, bestselling author and illustrator of Penguin, The Hug and Why We Can’t Hug.
  • Tallulah Smith, Felixstowe-based illustrator and designer of everything from children’s resources to websites.
  • Marjoke Henrichs, author and illustrator of the internationally popular No! Said Rabbit

You can expect to see these authors and illustrators popping up at Get Suffolk Reading events and creating digital content for the campaign over the coming years, as they commit to improving literacy levels across the county. You can find out more about our authors and illustrators on this ambassadors webpage.

To announce their support, all ambassadors have created a story prompt to inspire children across the county to think creatively and write their own story. All submissions will be entered into a prize draw to win a range of prizes including a school visit from local author and illustrator Marjoke Henrichs as well as a variety of book bundles. Story prompts can be viewed on the competition webpage, and stories can be submitted by emailing getsuffolkreading@literacytrust.org.uk. Entries close on 20 December.

“I can’t imagine my life without books - so I’m more than happy to be an ambassador for Get Suffolk Reading. I’ve been visiting this beautiful part of the world for more than thirty years and it has inspired many of my own stories. It’s a passion I hope I can share with children and families across the county.”

Anthony Horowitz, bestselling author

“Local authors can be a huge inspiration to young people and I’m delighted that so many incredible authors have taken on the role of ambassador for the Get Suffolk Reading campaign. We can’t wait to work together to foster a love of reading among the young people of Suffolk and I’m really looking forward to reading the fantastic entries to our story writing competition.”

Sarah Olley, Get Suffolk Reading Project Manager