Patrons

Inspiring children to read

A huge thank you to the patrons who support our work in many ways; by giving talks, running workshops, donating books, attending our meetings and inspiring our reading helpers.

John Foster

John Foster

Performance Poet

John taught English for 20 years in Oxfordshire schools before turning his hand to poetry.  John wrote this poem to commemorate ARCh wining the Queens Award 2016.

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“Here’s to ARCh – an organisation
That thoroughly deserves this celebration
In recognition of its dedication
To the education of children
Throughout Oxfordshire who need
Assistance in learning to read.
On behalf of the hundreds of children who
Have benefitted from the work that you
And your army of volunteers do
Congratulations on the Queens Award
A very richly deserved reward.”

John Bird

John Bird

Founder of The Big Issue

bigissue.com

“Reading laid for me the basis of a new chance in life. Reading meant that I was in a different situation. I could get myself educated and get different work. Even though I was a late comer to reading it changed completely the way I saw the world. Therefore, when I look at the work of ARCh I feel a great sense of privilege that you have allowed me to be associated with you, bringing reading to new generations.”

Adam Guillain

Adam Guillain

Children’s author & storyteller

www.adamandcharlotteguillain.co.uk

“I am so very honoured to be a patron of ARCh.  I know from personal experience that firing a desire to read depends on moments of magic between a child and adult and a book.  We’re not always needed as adults, but when we are, we are part of life-changing magical moments.  I think everyone involved with ARCh is a little addicted to these. Long may it continue!”

Shen Roddie

Shen Roddie

Children's Author

“No child should leave school still struggling to read. It is therefore hugely encouraging to know that close to 500 reluctant readers in Oxfordshire schools are benefitting each year from the dedicated work of our ARCh staff and volunteers.
The benefits of ARCh are far reaching and go well beyond ability to read. After a year of 1-1 shared time, children emerge with greater self-regard and confidence, better able to be part of an adventure that is every child’s basic right – the right to read, to access the exciting world of knowledge and learning and in the process, secure for themselves happier, brighter lives.
Well done, ARCh, for your commitment and initiatives towards this important ripple effect.”

Sir Philip Pullman

Sir Philip Pullman

Author

“Reading is the key to the greatest part of our freedom – the freedom of our minds and our imaginations.  I can’t bear to think how much poorer my life would be if I’d never learned to read.  Anything we can do to help others to find this key is enormously worth doing, and I’m pleased and proud to be a patron of ARCh, who are doing such valuable work in bringing the delight and the treasure of reading to so many young people.”

Korky Paul

Korky Paul

Illustrator

Winnie the Witch © Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul, published by Oxford University Press © Winneie the Witch illustration Korky Paul

korkypaul.com

“What makes ARCh special for me, is the range of interesting volunteers it attracts who bring with them creative and exciting methods to encourage children to become readers – with the emphasis on reading for pleasure.”

James Carter

James Carter

Poet

James Carter is an award-winning children’s poet, non-fiction and educational writer. He is the author of over 15 popular and best-selling poetry titles. James travels all over the UK and abroad with his guitar (that’s Keith) and melodica (that’s Steve) to give very lively poetry/music performances and workshops, and is a former lecturer in Creative Writing/Children’s Literature at Reading University. In the last 17 years he has visited over 1100 Primary schools and performed at various prestigious festivals including Cheltenham, Hay and Edinburgh.

www.jamescarterpoet.co.uk