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Introduction to Young City Reads & The Sleeping Army at Brighton Festival

What is Young City Reads?

Imagine sharing a book with your best friend, your teacher, your family or your bus driver. Reading a book together is a fun experience. Everyone should try it!

Children's author Francesca Simon (creator of the fantastically fiendish Horrid Henry series) invites you to join us in a citywide read of her book The Sleeping Army from now until Thu 22 May 2014.

Young City Reads is for everyone: whether you're an avid adventurer, budding bookworm or a simply terrific teacher... even Mums and Dads can join in. It doesn't matter who you are, Young City Reads is about opening up the world of words and ideas to everyone.

Collected Works CIC is the award winning reader development organisation behind Young City Reads 2014 and will be delivering the project as part of Brighton Festival this year.

Here are the people behind the organization:

Sarah Hutchings - Artistic Director

Sarah studied Theatre and Drama at University, and always knew her job would have to involve books and writers in some way. She was taught to read at home by her mum (who was a teacher) and remembers what enormous pleasure learning to read gave her. What she loves most about working on Young City Reads is being able to share that joy of reading with others.

Favourite Children’s Book(s): It was a toss up between To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Both books were read at school and made a lasting impression.

Favourite Adult Books: The Bone People by Keri Hulme and Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban both life changing in their own way...

Young City Reads Sarah Hutchings

Vicky Tremain - Project Manager

Vicky has worked for Collected Works since Spring 2012 and runs a variety of arts projects across the city, many of them with children and young people. She also loves making music, eating peas and reading (of course!)

Favourite Children’s Author: Definitely Roald Dahl whose books taught her that she'd better be good.

Favourite Adult Authors: Too many to name them all, but favourites include: Russell Hoban, Flann O'Brien and Terry Pratchett.

When she was 16 Vicky read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and realised that sci-fi is most definitely not just for boys.

Young City Reads Vicky Tremain

Clare Hankinson - Arts Admin Assistant

Clare lives in Brighton and works for various arts organisations. She is particularly interested in working on projects that aim to engage more people in culture and the arts.

Favourite Children’s Book: Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole - because it's really funny and she loves the illustrations.

Favourite Adult Book: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Clare likes it because although not that much happens it's all about family and the small things in life that mean so much to us.

Young City Reads Clare Hankinson

Adam Stower - Illustrator (The Sleeping Army)

Adam Stower (pictured on top of the page), the exceptionally talented illustrator behind this year’s Young City Reads title (Francesca Simon’s The Sleeping Army) has been drawing ever since he was old enough to hold a crayon.

Adam grew up in Switzerland by Lake Zurich and went to a boarding school in Norfolk during term time. He studied illustration at Norwich Art School, gaining a first class degree and went on to complete a Masters in Narrative Illustration at University of Brighton, and has lived in Brighton ever since.

Four things every Young City Reader needs to know about Adam:
His favourite author is Roald Dahl.
He has worn a beard for so long he can’t remember what his face underneath looks like.
His favourite food is freshly baked bread. Oh….and biscuits, let’s not forget the biscuits.
He’s appearing with Francesca Simon at Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Thu 22 May at 1.30pm as part of Young City Reads at Brighton Festival. Find out more information here.