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Authors inspire over-60s to read

20th January 2010

A new campaign to inspire the over-60s to read more and engage in creative writing has been supported by a clutch of authors.

Independent reading charity Booktrust will launch the Bookbite project to show older people how reading and creative writing can boost their emotional health and wellbeing.

Writers such as Val McDermid, Sir Andrew Motion, Pam Ayres and Mihir Bose have contributed stories and poems to the project's website to kick-start interest.

The scheme, which will be launched on February 8th, will see the charity unveil a new website for the over-60s and distribute more than 100,000 Bookbite magazines across England.

Booktrust chief executive Viv Bird commented: 'The launch of the Bookbite project is a very exciting development for Booktrust, as it gives us the opportunity to encourage a whole new audience who may have more leisure time to find a good read, explore creative writing and go online.'

The initiative was developed after research by the charity found that older people are eager to write their memoirs and fiction, but are unsure how to go about it.

Last year, Booktrust appointed Ghanaian author and performance poet Nii Ayikwei Parkes as its second online writer-in-residence, who took over from Patrick Ness.

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