Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Saturday 13 June 2020

Brighton-Based Reading Project Launches Young City Reads at Home

Young City Reads, the Brighton based reading project which exists to inspire children to read for pleasure, has launched Young City Reads at Home

The aim is to extend the reach of the project and offer families across Sussex a reading challenge they can complete together while the schools remain closed, in their own time, and at their own pace.

More than 3,000 children were signed up to take part in Young City Reads before lockdown, and when schools closed the organisers decided to make all the materials available online. 

After ten weeks of Malamander themed activities, the project concluded on 21st May with a special virtual event with this year's author: Thomas Taylor. 

Sarah Hutchings, Director of Young City Reads commented: 

"We'd love families to get involved at home by reading Malamander together and completing the creative activities over the summer. 

"All the resources are on our website and can be downloaded for free. 

"We are also delighted that Brighton & Hove Libraries" Borrow Box scheme is offering anyone with a library card the opportunity to download the ebook for free, making the project accessible to children from families on a low income.

"Research by the National Literacy Trust this year revealed that only a quarter of children read every day and that fewer children enjoyed reading than in the past. 

"The Report also confirmed that reading for pleasure "is important to children"s life chances, as well as their well-being, happiness and much more."

This year's book, Malamander, by Sussex based author Thomas Taylor is perfect for children aged eight and above. 

Set in fictional Eerie-on-Sea, the book is a seaside adventure that will have you gripped from the beginning, as daring duo, Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma team up to solve the mystery of the legendary sea-monster.

Sony Pictures, who secured the film rights, has just announced that "Toy Story 4" director, Josh Cooley will write and make his directorial debut with a screen adaptation of Malamander. 

For more information, please visit 

by: Mike Cobley

Related links

Young City Reads


Creature Creature can, via the release of their first collection of self-penned tracks, Two Finger Tantrum, be labelled the new flag bearers of rock. The Brighton-based five piece have furrowed a new burrow at the summit of an age old genre. With this debut album they will be looking over their shoulders at the also-rans for many years to come.

Credit David Angel

Throughout COVID-19 isolation, everyone has become aware of the supportive and stimulating power of music. Although many people want to learn, they have no access to musical instruments or tuition - especially with schools and shops currently closed. 

Enter Shikari's release of a live set entitled The Last Spark (Bootleg Series Vol. 11) will see the profits from the release shared out between the band's road crew who would have been working across the cancelled-for-obvious-reasons Nothing Is True… album launch shows and summer 2020 festivals. 

As the frontman of both Cave Painting and Company, Sad Funeral's new single Kazbeg is hallmarked with Brighton musician Adam Kane's distinctive vocal flutter, yet finds him venturing into richly textured, mellow natured and deeply dreamy new territory as a songwriter. 

"I've been waiting this out,” says Wendy James, one-time fearless front woman of chart-topping alt-rockers Transvision Vamp, “always optimistic that Covid-19 dissolution might take less time than forecasted... but not so!"
Credit Natasa Leoni - XRFashion

Extinction Rebellion Brighton activists held a peaceful, socially distanced protest at Churchill Square to highlight the damaging impact fast fashion brands have on the climate.

Moy wrote and recorded second single No Talk's The Best Chat at the height of lockdown. Separated from his regular band, he discovered that collaborating on the track remotely was an unorthodox creative method given the live energy that's usually key to their work together.
Credit Nicole Nodland

On Sunset, Paul Weller's fifteenth solo album, which drops this Friday, sees one of the UK's most successful songwriters barely affected by the present situation that has placed the music industry, as much as the wider economy, largely on pause: “I haven't really been bothered by the lockdown, other than having to queue for food or medicine.” 
Credit Andy Sturmey

Taking place this weekend, Saturday 4th July 4th & Sunday 5th July, on what would have been the 2020 festival weekend, the Jazz FM's output will include live recordings from the Sussex-based, Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Returning after four years away, Aidan Knight's penchant for astute observations and personal reflections remains a compelling component of his songwriting.

Extinction Rebellion Brighton are 'delighted' that Brighton and Hove Council have won £663,000 in government funding to increase space for active travel in the city.
'In Monochrome' Artwork

Of all the formative experiences Stonehaven musician Fair Mothers, AKA Kevin Allan, had while growing up, reading The Stranger, by Albert Camus, stands out.

Katie Elfer & ‘I Want to be Red'

Few people miss the daily commute, as many employees switch to home working to tackle Covid-19. Katie Elfer, a regular train passenger from Brighton, used the journey time to write her first children's book which has just been published.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd