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About Reading Zone Live

Reading Zone Live aims to introduce students from across London to some of the best contemporary books and London-based authors. Each month, students will be encouraged to read a newly published book prior to seeing the author 'live', either at their own school or via video conference or a live stream.

Reading Zone Live has been created by London Grid for Learning in partnership with ReadingZone and we aim to bring you some great author and reading experiences. Any school in London that is part of London Grid for Learning can apply to host a live author event as part of the programme, although they will need to own video conferencing equipment in order to be able to host an event.

The live events are open to any LGfL school to link to, either via video conference or via a live stream, and all students taking part can put their questions directly to the authors during the events. The events usually take place after school on the last Wednesday of every month, beginning at 2:30pm and ending at 3:20pm.

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Each author session will be available for LGfL schools to view online after the event, so students can listen to authors talking about what inspires their books, how they write and giving tips for students' creativity. There is usually a time delay of up to one month, between an event occurring and the resource appearing on the LGfL Reading Zone resource website.

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The programme is organised by ReadingZone.com in partnership with The London Grid for Learning and aims to support readers and help promote the work of librarians in London's schools. The website, www.ReadingZone.com, is already working with thousands of schools informing them about the best books, great authors and new reading initiatives. It carries regular author interviews and videos, book reviews and ideas to support reading for pleasure.

ReadingZone.com director Caroline Horn said, "The Reading Zone Live programme is a real opportunity to spread the word about some wonderful books and authors to schools, librarians and young people in London at a time when everyone is concerned about children's literacy levels and reading habits. We hope our new initiatives will help more young people to be inspired by reading and writing, as well as supporting the many children who do read and who are hungry to read more."

LGfL Content Manager Bob Usher said, "This new partnership has the aim of not only promoting the joy and importance of reading for London's children, but also compliments the extensive LGfL literacy resource offer already available to London's schools. Reading should provide a lifetime of experiences, insights and excitement and we seek to convey this from the earliest ages in London schools."

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