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Hastings and Bloomsbury celebrate International Literacy Day

08 Sep 2021

Adults reading

Our National Literacy Trust Hub in Hastings and Bloomsbury Publishing are working with community organisations to provide books to adults and parents in Hastings and St Leonards, this International Literacy Day.

To support local literacy, an initial donation of 100 books suitable for adults, including Laura Purcell’s Bone China, The Wanderers by Tim Pears and Sail Away by Celia Imrie, is being donated to the community through Hastings Library and Hastings Voluntary Action.

The books will be gifted as part of HVA and the library’s work with adults in the community, along with guidance and information for adults seeking literacy support. Information can also be found online here.

This donation of books will be followed by further activity and resources to promote and inspire reading and writing in adults looking to improve their literacy. By working with local community organisations, we are looking to reach those who are most in need of encouragement and support.

“We are proud to be working with Bloomsbury and local partners to gift books to adults in Hastings and St Leonards. Many adults can feel uncomfortable and daunted at the idea of improving their literacy no matter what their ability level. We want to help local people fall in love with reading and writing, not only to support their literacy, but also to help them feel confident and assured in themselves as they work to improve.”

Alice Birdwood, Project Manager for the National Literacy Trust Hub in Hastings

The National Literacy Trust Hub in Hastings is supported at a local level by Bloomsbury Publishing to inspire a love of reading in the town, raise the aspirations of primary school children and help adults to access the support they need to improve their own literacy skills.

As part of its three-year partnership with the National Literacy Trust and its commitment to Hastings Literacy Hub, Bloomsbury donated 11,245 books last December, across 25 schools in the town in support of the charity’s pledge to promote children’s literacy and instil a love of reading from an early age.

Find out more about the Hastings Literacy Hub
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