Children and adults across Manchester are being challenged to ‘drop everything and read’ for ten minutes on National Poetry Day
Everyone across the city is encouraged to join in by reading at the same time in their homes, schools, or workplaces, and show their support by posting on social media using #ReadMCR.
Pupils, teachers and employees from local businesses will gather in St Peter’s Square on Thursday 28 September at 11:45 am to read and enjoy poems, magazines, newspapers and more.
The event is part of the Read Manchester campaign from Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust. Read Manchester promotes reading for enjoyment through a year-long programme of activities and aims to raise literacy levels in the city.
The ‘drop everything and read’ challenge is supported by research which shows that reading for as little as just ten minutes every day has an important impact on how well a child does at school. Evidence also show that reading can help adults to relax, relieves stress, and improves empathy.