UK Reading

Why Does Reading Makes Christmas So Special for UK Children?

Alison David | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

Imagine a family - mum, dad and children, all in their pyjamas - snuggled up together on the sofa, drinking hot chocolate and listening to dad read a favourite Christmas story. No, it's not a flashback to the 1950s; it's what parents have told us they will be doing this year.

Boys and Reading - There Is Everything to Play for!

Alison David | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

While parents might long for their sons to read the classics, they have to start somewhere and books based on digital properties, magazines and comic style books are as good a place as any.

What Are You Reading?

Chenice Clarke | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chenice Clarke

Atwood H. Townsend once said "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." I couldn't agree more and while I know a handful of people who enjoy reading for pleasure, there are very few students and millennials in general who take pride in their personal reading list...

Three Websites Where to Find High Quality Free Ebooks

Stefania Mattana | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stefania Mattana

Ebooks have cut down the price of your passion, since the electronic book is way cheaper than the paperback. On one hand, the ease on publishing online has made everyone capable of writing a novel, therefore enlarging the range of the titles. More writers, more stuff to read: cool, isn't it? 

Has The Secret Footballer Finally Revealed Himself?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Sport

Finally, it seems as though The Secret Footballer has revealed his identity, and it appears to be Dave Kitson. Kitson, who played for Reading and S...

The Magic of Children's Books

Adele Parks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Parks

Now it's half term and I'm really looking forward to the family snuggling up with their books on the inevitable wet afternoons. Reading is a joy, it allows the imagination to thrive: give your kid the gift of escapism this half term.

Protecting Children's Reading in the Digital Age

Alison David | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

We know that reading is challenged but there are families in which it still thrives. Our longitudinal study, Reading Street, aims to understand the changing world of children's reading for pleasure. It follows twelve UK families plus a wider number of parents, children and teachers and releases the findings in theme focused chapters.

The Tube: Don't Cross The Line

Danielle Lowe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Public transport is a common method of travel by many people across the globe, yet somehow some people still haven't mastered the art of getting it right. We have people that seem to think that they are the only one in a rush to get to a certain place, that they are the only one on the tube or that nobody around them has any transport requirements.

Read Aloud and Proud

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carey Ann Dodah

By encouraging your child to love reading, you are inviting them into worlds far, far away from their own. You are helping them build on their imagination and feel empathy and antipathy - as they put themselves into the shoes of the characters they begin to love - and dislike.

Lessons Learned From An English Degree

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

Anaphora, synaesthesia, pentameter... you learn some tantalisingly useless words during an English degree. I would recommend English to anyone; you get to quilt adjectives, mash up clauses, make sentences swagger and phrases pop like fireworks.

Top 5's: Literature

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

Top five unexposed, lesser-known reads and top five essential reads.

Friendlies Are Important For All

Danielle Lowe | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Last night, while some of the home nations were playing world cup qualifiers, Oman was trying to secure a victory. During the international break, the Oman international team have taken the opportunity to play some challenging football.

How Do We Get British Boys Level With the Girls?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

what can be done to inspire boys to love writing as much as girls? Of course, it is important to remember that not all boys are the same and not all boys are in danger of underachieving. However here are my tips on how parents and teachers can work together to inspire their boys.

Bloody Scotland

Sara Sheridan | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

Scottish writers are particularly successful in the crime genre. Something approaching a third of all traditionally published fiction in the UK this year falls into the category and it's one where Scots punch above their weight.

Why 'Grown Up' Books Make Great Children's Stories

Ian Stanley | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ian Stanley

"Never underestimate your audience. If you think that eight-year-olds aren't interested in major philosophical and political issues you are completely mistaken. Put in clever plot twists that link books two and book 10 in a complicated fashion. I promise you, the eight-year-olds will notice, and they will write to you saying how much they appreciate it."

Review: Now That You've Died - A Theatrical Production for Read for RNIB Day

Victoria Sadler | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Billed as "a book without words, a story without reading", Now That You've Died is a play performed in total darkness. No lights, no flashes. Nothing. I couldn't even see my hand when I held it in front of my face. Intimidating? Yes. Unnerving? For sure. But that, of course, is the point.

Why Are Our Best Readers in School Failing the Government's New Phonics Screener?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

We keep hearing about strong, confident readers who have failed the government's new Year 1 phonic screener. Is it that our six year olds haven't mastered the art of reading readiness (the point at which a person is ready to learn to read) or is the government assessing the wrong skill?

The Toxic Creed That Unites New Atheists and Televangelists: Don't Bother With the Bible

Ben Whitnall | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitnall

What can televangelists and new atheists have in common? Apart from the hyperbole and the cheap shots and the infuriating sense of certainty, that is... For me, they are also too often united in encouraging an unthinking dismissiveness of the Bible.

You Are What You Read?

Helen Chandler | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Chandler

Reading is, and always has been, absolutely integral to my life. Both my parents were librarians, and books were everywhere at home. English was my favourite subject at school - what a doss, you just read a book and then wrote about it - and, inevitably, I ended up going on to read English at university.

UK's Quirkiest Book Festivals

Sara Sheridan | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

I love book festivals and I spend at least every second weekend over the season talking about my books in a variety of tents, classrooms, huts, proper theatres, village halls - you name it. There are almost 150 book festivals all over the UK and most of them take place in the summer.

Are We Writing Too Much to Be Reading?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Laxmi Hariharan

If I could spend even seven days, in my own home unplugged from my devices, perhaps I could recapture some of that stillness inside which is so needed to create--to read or write.

Write What You Know

Henry Fosdike | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Henry Fosdike

The problem with blogging is that it's so much harder than essay writing. Yes, I know. "But how can it be when you can write anything?" Well, that's exactly the point. There's just so much to write about.

Attack By Twilight

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Michael Gove has incurred the wrath of an army of angry Twilight fans after rubbishing Stephenie Meyer's hit series, saying he'd rather his children r...

Reading Books Will Ruin Your Life

Hayley Morgan | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hayley Morgan

One day, books will be like antiques. A standard paperback will cost hundreds of pounds depending on the year and edition. War and Peace will be out of print. And I will be an old lady with only dreams of ghosts of cats, telling the illiterate kids on the block how these same streets were once paved in books, each one costing less than a halfpenny.

What Are the Best Books to Get All Boys Reading from Advanced to Dyslexic and Reluctant?

Melanie Kendry | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Kendry

A lot of boys struggle with reading. And yes, it usually is boys. They go from class readers and Horrid Henry to Diary of a Wimpy Kid straight onto Call of Duty, never to be seen again. Unlike great literature, shoot-em ups are easy.