Each April Cityread asks people in London to pick up the same book and read it together. The book is usually for adults, but this year there’s also a children’s book – Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo.
As part of the month of reading Cityread are running activities across London. We were keen to get involved because part of the plot of Private Peaceful unfolds through letters sent by soldiers home to their loved ones.
I recently took part in Cityread First World War Letter Writing and Exchange workshops for local schools. Classes visited the Camden Local Studies and Archives centre to find out more about the First World War in their area and use this as inspiration to write their own letters. Their letters will be sent to a partner school in London who in turn will reply with stories about the war in their area.
Here I am talking to students from Hampstead School.
As well as school workshops, we’re also excited to be taking part in the Cityread Family Day at the Museum of London this Saturday. We’ll be asking visitors to write their own postcards home from the front line.
We hope to see you there!
-Sally Sculthorpe, Learning Officer