National Year of Reading & Mentone Grammar

As you may already know, 2012 has been designated the National Year of Reading (NYR). Lots of authors, libraries, schools, publishers and individuals have thrown their support behind this rather brilliant initiative. Now, in case you haven’t worked it out yet… the idea is to get people reading. Yes, I know… it seems like such a simple thing. But there are so many people out there who aren’t at all enthused by reading — and NYR is our chance to get them enthused! Events are being planned all across Australia… so keep an eye out for what’s happening in your area.

To find out more about the NYR and the events being organised for 2012, check out their website.

One school that has really embraced the NYR, is Mentone Grammar. The library staff over there are already in the process of planning heaps of great stuff for next year.

Now, I’ve had a bit of an association with Mentone Grammar over the years. I was a student there back in the 1980s. I returned to the school in 2003 for a week as Writer in Residence, and then again in 2004. In that year I also participated in the Old Mentonians’ theatre production of Breaker Morant, playing the President of the Court Marshal (I occasionally moonlight as an actor). And earlier this year I spoke to the student book club about the process of getting a book published, from first idea to finished product.

Next year I’ll be spending a bit more time at Mentone Grammar. I’ve been asked to be the Patron Mentone Grammar Reading Ambassador for the National Year of Reading (or “Patron MGRA for the NYR” for those who like cool acronyms). I feel very honoured and I hope that I can live up to the title. And I’m also really excited! This is a chance for me to share my enthusiasm for reading and writing. Of course, when I’m enthusiastic about a topic it can sometime be difficult to shut me up. But I’ll do my best to aim for a combination of enthusiasm and decorum. :-)

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5 comments on “National Year of Reading & Mentone Grammar

  1. My home resembles a book depository, so as you would imagine I am thrilled to read that next year has been designated the National Year of reading. As well as an obsessive reader, I’m an amateur writer/poet. I have had a few of my poems published, and have read my poetry at St Paul’s Cathedral, Bayside Literary Festival, and Federation Square. I follow a form of writing called ‘Freefall Writing’ which suits perfectly my free spirited approach to literature. 

    I’m a fun loving 61 year old who has a chronic illness, has survived the suicide of her only child, and the sudden death of her husband. I am currently working on a short story that explores the impact reading has had on my life. It speaks of the joy, companionship, knowledge and solace literature brings.

    Early next year I would like to send you a copy, and if you feel it’s appropriate, share it with the students. My home is in the City of Kingston, so I’m a relative local in terms of the school’s location.

    I now live alone but have never known loneliness because I am never without a book.

    • Hi Tricia,

      Thank you for you comments. I think reading and writing are a very important part of our lives, and often helpful in dealing with the unhappier moments. My grandmother died when I was in my early 20s… and part my coping mechanism was to write. The end result was a story called “Remember Me”, a re-written version of which was eventually published in my first book, “Life, Death and Detention”. The story was fiction but the emotions I put into it were real.

      I would very much like to read your story, so please, do email me when it’s complete. Thank you for the offer. And than you for sharing a little about yourself here on my blog.

      I had a look at your blog. You have a lovely way with words and a wonderful ability to capture a moment. I particularly enjoyed reading “The only thing on my bucket list”. Maybe because I’m a father. Maybe because I love that quote you used… “There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”. :-)

      I was a rather solitary teenager… but I was never lonely, because I too always had a book.


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  3. Thanks so much for the mention here George. I know that a bunch of us at Mentone Grammar are very pleased to have you on board as our Patron MGRA. Exciting times are most definetly ahead as we join hands to inspire and enthuse our entire school community about the joys of reading!


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