POR_seal_120x120_blackWelcome to the website for Patron of Reading: Haringey Chapter our local group of patrons of reading. Read on to learn what we’ve been up to.

PoRHC is coordinated by Big Green Bookshop Education CIC. If you would like to support our work, please click the button to donate via PayPal.

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Save the date! Words and Wisdom – April 27th 3.30 to 5.30 pm Wood Green

STOP PRESS! Words and Wisdom: a FREE conference for schools and Patrons of Reading in Haringey. Wood Green (venue TBC). Thursday April 27 – 3.30/4.00* to 5.30 pm. BOOK NOW!

Sign up now and learn how teachers, librarians, authors and storytellers can work together to improve outcomes for children and young people in our dynamic borough. Our focus in this event will be on the current challenges of teaching writing – and the inspiring local resources available to help us.

Words and Wisdom is organised by Patron of Reading: Haringey Chapter, with the support of Spread the Word writer development agency and Big Green Bookshop Education CIC

Admission is free to all Haringey teachers, librarians and other staff from schools or other organisations within the local authority. There is a small charge for delegates from outside the borough.

Programme highlights:

  • Haringey Patrons of Reading (authors and storytellers) share the successful strategies they use to support reading for pleasure and literacy teaching in schools across Haringey.
  • Haringey teachers (secondary and primary) present responses to current challenges in literacy teaching, focusing on creative writing at GCSE and at the primary/ secondary transition, and on the importance of reading for pleasure.
  • Inspiring keynote speakers (TBC)
  • Practical networking opportunities.

*school-focused content starts at 4.00pm

Spotlight on: Big Green Bookshop!

Welcome to 2017. This year we are widening the focus of our spotlight posts to look beyond the work of Patron of Reading: Haringey Chapter and to examine some of the other literacy-supporting initiatives and organisations in our amazing borough. We start with… the Big Green Bookshop itself.

Tim West and Simon Key opened the Big Green Bookshop in March 2008, after the big chain store where they worked in Wood Green closed, leaving the area with no dedicated bookshop. After much joy and much frustration and a huge amount of help and support from the local community the Big Green Bookshop opened its doors to fanfares and cheers and a cake or two.

In 2015, Simon and Tim also founded Big Green Bookshop Education CIC (BGBE) – a not-for-profit social enterprise – with the generous support of customers and friends of the shop. BGBE enables Tim and Simon to extend the bookshop’s established community role. BGBE works currently with the formal education sector on projects including this one: coordinating Patron of Reading: Haringey Chapter.

Meanwhile, the Big Green Bookshop continues to develop that central community role. The bookshop provides regular activities such as writers’ groups, music groups and Tim’s legendary Storytime and Songs for Under 5s, and also hosts other informal learning opportunities in partnership with local organisations, such as Drama Train and Railway Fields.

Tribute to Jonny Zucker

We were shocked and saddened to learn of the recent tragic death of Jonny Zucker. Please read the Haringey Chapter’s tribute to Jonny here. Thanks to everyone who has sent us their memories of Jonny. Our sincere condolences to Jonny’s family and friends.