Despite my best endeavours to blog as often as possible about my 30 Before 30 book challenge, I am finding it difficult to keep up at the moment. And it’s only about to get worse, but for a very good reason… I have a new job with The Reader Organisation!
For those people who’ve never heard of it, The Reader Organisation is a charitable social enterprise based in Liverpool that aims to engage people in the act of reading for pleasure. Promoting literature as a force for good and using it as a means of facilitating social inclusion, The Reader Organisation works in a wide range of settings, including prisons, community centres, libraries and schools, trying to grow a culture of shared reading across the UK. As the job I’ve been offered is a Reading Role Model Project Worker position, I’m going to be trying (trying being the operative word!) to cultivate a love of books/reading in primary and secondary school boys, and working with staff and parents to ensure they are doing the same. Basically, my new job is just doing the things I love best- reading, talking about books, being creative, and trying to help people. Unfortunately, the job description doesn’t mention anything about dancing, obsessive crisp eating, petting animals, or excessive tea-drinking, but I’m sure I can fit that in somewhere…
The role is only for 6 months initially (it’s a pilot scheme, so continuation is dependent on the success of the project), and also involves me moving to Liverpool. Whilst I am a little sad about leaving my beloved Yorkshire, I love a good adventure, so I’m viewing this as the start of something exciting. As I said at my interview, I’m the type of person who thrives on change. When life is too stable and monotonous I begin to feel stifled, so a change of scenery is definitely welcome!
Other than the fact I don’t really know anyone in Liverpool, the only downside to all this is that it’s going to interfere with my 30 Before 30 challenge! Working with young boys means that I will be reading lots of ‘boy-friendly’ books, which will leave me very little time to complete my list. I’m not intending to give it up however- just be warned that I may be a little lax in reading and blogging from the end of this month.
Speaking of which, there are still two books I haven’t blogged about yet…so, besides trying to find a place to live in Liverpool, it looks as if that’s my aim for this week!
PS. If you want to know more about the amazing work of The Reader Organisation (I really don’t know that much yet!), click on the link below:
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