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London's young voices celebrate a year of reading

Visual and written collection of young people's work in a colourful, professional, inspirational book!
by WordsUnite
June 22, 2008
Ten-thousand copies of a book celebrating the work of Hackney’s young people hit the London borough in July 2008. Our Voice: Words from Hackney is a colourful and professional piece of work by global law-firm Linklaters and The Learning Trust to acknowledge the success of the Words Unite campaign in the past year. The book, which supports the National Year of Reading 2008, will be launched at the Words Unite Conference on 1 July, 2008 in Mile End.

“The book showcases some of the excellent written and visual work created by Hackney pupils through a number of Words Unite community events, including the Linklaters’ Reading and Writing Challenge and the Hackney Poet Laureate competition,” says The Learning Trust Chief Executive Alan Wood. “We hope Our Voice: Words from Hackney will encourage other children to read, write and draw for fun.”

Following the book launch at the Words Unite Conference, around 9,000 children will receive their own copy. The book will also be available from local libraries, community groups, The Learning Trust and Linklaters. High-profile figures including Baroness Amos, former Leader of the House of Lords, best-selling crime-writer Ruth Rendell and former T4 presenter June Sarpong have received copies of the book to help promote Hackney’s message throughout the UK and overseas.

Further copies will be used for BookCrossing, in which Our Voice: Words from Hackney will travel the world to international schools through contacts both at Linklaters and in Hackney. Copies will also be left in places throughout Hackney, such as cafes, parks and the Hackney Museum, for people to pick up, read and then leave for someone else to pick up. Anyone who finds Our Voice: Words from Hackney can log in to www.bookcrossing.com and trace how far it has travelled.

"There is no doubt that people all over the world will enjoy the fantastic stories, poems, narrations, diary entries and pictures in Our Voice: Words from Hackney" says Linklaters' Managing Partner, Simon Davies. "Through Words Unite, we have built a partnership with local community groups, local government, voluntary organisations, libraries and schools. This partnership has enabled Linklaters to support efforts to improve literacy in Hackney."

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