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We are thrilled to have three wonderful patrons who believe passionately in the importance of our work;

Ian McMillanIan McMillan  The ‘Bard of Barnsley’ is poet-in-residence for English National Opera, The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He’s UK Trade & Investment’s Poet, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet. He also appears  on BBC Breakfast News as a guest newspaper reviewer and has a weekly show, The Verb,  on Radio 3.






Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo, OBE is an author, poet and playwright, best known for his children’s novels. He was Children’s Laureate for two years from 2003-2005.

“When it comes to the enjoyment of reading, we are failing far too many children, and boys in particular; Reading Matters should be happening everywhere in the country. The work they do with children, families and schools is making a significant difference to the lives of young people. It is such a simple idea, the right idea, actually the only way we can hope to engage the children who need it most, to the joys and benefits of literature.

As a child, who really needed one of Reading Matters’ mentors at the time, as a father, grandfather, teacher, and story maker I applaud Reading Matters and all they do!  A thousand bravos from deepest Devon!




150222_liz_pichon_webLiz Pichon, the multi award-winning children’s author and illustrator, best known for her series of Tom Gates novels, feels passionately about supporting our mission of helping all children to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic readers.

“I was delighted to be asked to become a patron and am looking forward to supporting Reading Matters in any way I can. Being dyslexic myself and having a son who is dyslexic I can really understand what difference having that extra help and support with literacy can mean to a child. When I wrote and illustrated Tom Gates I just wanted it to be the kind of book I would have wanted to read as a kid; funny, attention-grabbing and have drawings in it! We have already had a chat about bringing some Tom Gates style doodles to a few things for Reading Matters too!”