In a year that has challenged us all, we want to recognise the power books have to help us through times of hardship. RSL Fellows and Honorary Fellows – Daljit Nagra, Paul Muldoon and, newly elected in 2021, Emma Thompson, Kadija Sesay, Edmund de Waal, SF Said and Patrick Gale are being matched with Year 8/9 classes in some of the most deprived areas of the UK. Each Fellow has selected a text that impacted their life when they were a young person, and copies are being sent out to every pupil in the class, supported by UK publishers. Alongside the books, each student will receive a goody bag to support them in their reading, as well as weekly video updates from their Fellow throughout the summer break.
"It ('Metamorphosis') is one of those stories that is so strange which it's so unlike anything else you've ever read that it stays with you" - Patrick Gale