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We are delighted to announce Anna James as our new Patron of Reading!
A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator who encourages a culture of reading in the school.
Anna James is a writer and journalist living in London. She is best known for her best-selling series for children, Pages & Co. The first book in the series follows eleven-year-old Tilly, who embarks on a grand adventure when classic children’s characters begin magically ‘bookwandering’ into the bookshop above where she lives. Anna has worked as an editor and journalist for a number of magazines, and other publications. Alongside running her own book club, the Lush Book Club, Anna hosts literary events and panels, and makes bookish YouTube videos. She has also been shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Award for Women in Publishing in 2015, and the London Book Fair Trailblazers Award in 2016.
With such a wealth of writing and publishing experience, we are thrilled to welcome Anna back to St George’s! Current Lower and Upper 4 students may remember Anna from her involvement in the past two years’ Remove Reading Challenge. They read a book from Anna’s Pages & Co. series and were lucky enough to engage with Anna through (in-person and virtual) author visits and creative competitions.
As the Patron of Reading for St George’s, Anna’s role will be to encourage and develop reading for pleasure across the school community, including students, staff and parents. This includes contributing to our Library Newsletter, taking over our social media for the day, in-person author visits and talks across the school and more! With Anna’s next book in the Pages & Co. series, The Book Smugglers, being published soon on the 16th of September, we can’t wait to hear her insight into the world of writing and publishing.
Here’s what Anna had to say about being appointed Patron of Reading:
"I'm delighted to be the Patron of Reading for St George's School. I've loved working with them over the past few years and am very happy to be making it official! I'm always so impressed by the creativity and commitment of the library and am really excited to be part of such a wonderful school reading culture. I'm so looking forward to working with the library and getting to know students and the wider school community. Edinburgh is also a meaningful place for me, as it's where my parents met and where my grandparents lived, as well as having such an amazing literary history and bookshop culture. So, I'm thrilled to be part of such an inspiring, creative city and school!"