JRLT Major Project Awards 2017
28th February 2017
In this auspicious year as UK City of Culture, the Trust is pleased to be funding 3 major projects as part of the Hull 2017 celebrations.
Reading Rooms is a reading aloud and shared reading programme that gives participants a voice, reduces isolation, anxiety and promotes wellbeing.
The project was first established by the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry-Londonderry during their 2013 reign as the first UK City of Culture. Delivered in partnership with Hull Culture & Leisure and Hull 2017, the Verbal have very kindly, passed the book on to Hull Library Service.
In December 2016, a team of 5 librarians travelled to Ireland for training as facilitators of the ‘Library Champions’ programme. Over the course of the project 20 library staff and 20 volunteers, ‘Community Champions’, will be recruited to lead shared reading sessions in their communities with the intention they continue as a legacy of UK City of Culture 2017.
TBMF is Hull's first children's literature festival and will bring together writers, illustrators, cartoonists, performers, musicians and artists to a colourful tented village in ‘Malarkey Park’.
Directed by Ellen Bianchini, founder of The Spark Festival (the largest children’s arts festival in England), The Big Malarkey Festival is intended to become an annual event that aims to celebrate children's literature in all its forms, invite creativity through activities and workshops and promote the work of Hull Libraries for children, schools and families.
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award - the highlight of the children’s literature calendar in Hull.
The book award encourages a love of reading and brings together over 700 children from Hull's schools to choose the winning author from the KS2 and KS3 year's shortlists at a formal voting and award ceremony.
This year sees two commissioned briefs awarded to Sarah Daniels for the design of the 2017 artwork presented to the winning writers, and to Make Moving Messages for the design and branding.