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Patron of Reading

What is a Patron of Reading?

Joe Cotterill Burford SchoolA Patron of Reading is a school’s special, designated children’s author with whom the school forms a personal attachment. The author might be a writer of fiction, a writer of non-fiction, a poet, a storyteller, a graphic novelist or an illustrator. They will work with the school for a period of approximately three years to raise the profile of reading for pleasure with pupils, parents and staff.


Author, Jo Cotterill, has been our first Patron of Reading for the past  three years.  She has contributed enormously to inspiring our students to enjoy their reading.  Her tremendously successful books for teenagers have encouraged our students to get creative with their own writing and her talks and workshops have proved popular and engaging.  Sadly the time has come to say goodbye to her and we now have two new Patrons who have agreed to join us.



Ian Johnstone

Our new Lower School Patron of Reading is local author Ian Johnstone Ian writes middle year fantasy fiction, and has so far released two books in his Mirror Chronicles trilogy, with the third due in 2018-19. Ian has many years of experience in publishing and will bring a knowledgeable and encouraging voice to his talks and workshops for Years 7, 8 and 9.


Martin Stewart

Our new Upper School and Sixth Form Patron of Reading is not-so-local author Martin Stewart Martin’s debut novel Riverkeep had a path to publication as unique as Martin’s literary voice, and it has made the longlist for a number of awards including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. His new novel for young adults The Sacrifice Box will be released in January of 2018. Martin lives in Glasgow, and in addition to visits to Burford School will be interacting with classes remotely via Skype.


What does a patron do?

  • Visits the school regularly to inspire and engage with students.
  • Writes a regular piece for the School Newsletter.
  • Supports the Summer Reading Challenge run between the School and Burford Library.
  • Shares ideas regarding reading, books and libraries.
  • Judges the writing competitions run throughout the school.
  • Speaks at and presents workshops during Reading Week.
  • Attends key English Forums for parents.







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