World Book Day, so do a bit of reading. One of the ideas WBD is promoting is the idea of Quick Reads, a selection of shorter books and novellas by well known writers to try and encourage people who have lapsed int heir reading to pick up a book again.
Many people hardly touch a book again once they have left school, some through disinterest, and many because they have left school in the UK with reading difficulties. In a report published (in Jan 2006) by the Commons Public Accounts Committee it was stated that up to 12 million people in the UK workforce have a reading age of age 11. A 2002 report by the National Statistics Omnibus said that over 50% of the population read 5 books or fewer annually, and that almost half of all young men aged 16-24 had not read a single book in the previous year.
"Men and women with poor literacy are least likely to be in full-time employment at the age of thirty.
Poor literacy skills can also be a serious barrier to progressing once in employment. 63% of men and 75% of women with very low literacy skills have never received a promotion." - From the Literary State of the Nation report published by the National Literary Trust
National Literacy Trust
Today, why don't you just pick up a book and have a read, any old book will do. I have started on an old favourite, my most favourite in fact. I used to read The Lord Of The Rings quite often, returning over and again to its pleasures, but since seeing the film versions of the books I have found that the film images get in the way of my own imagining of the characters and scenes in the books, it is some time now since I have seen any of the films and so I think I can return to the pure joy of Tolkien's writing without Peter Jackson's special effects (and the awful Orlando Bloom - just because Elves live in trees doesn't mean you have to act like a plank of wood) getting in the way.