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Passionate about reading

September 8, 2009

When I signed up to blog on International Literacy Day I thought this would be one of the easiest posts I could write. Afterall, reading is easily my favourite optional activity (I’m not including any of the delightful stuff I get up to with my daughter because that’s not optional. Not even sharing an ice-cream in the park.) Oh, the irony then, that for a long time I didn’t really know where to start.

The key is, of course, that this International Literacy Day isn’t about my devotion to Christopher Brookmyre, Terry Pratchett or Ian Rankin. It’s about bringing literacy to the one in five adults in the world who can’t read. It’s, sadly, no surprise to learn that two-thirds of them are women.

It’s because literacy isn’t just about enjoying fabulous fiction that those in power around the world collude to prevent those whom they wish to suppress becoming literate. This basic human right empowers people (just look at what happened when Johannes Gutenberg created his fabulous printing press and gave people the chance to read the bible for themselves, instead of relying on their priest’s interpretation) and is essential in improving life for everyone.

If you also believe that literacy is for everyone, then please head over to the Literacy Trust and support them however you can.

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