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Chris Corcoran named Wales' 'Reading Hero'

9th July 2010

Former teacher and stand-up comedian Chris Corcoran has been appointed as Wales' first 'Reading Hero'.

Corcoran, who published his debut book Random Thoughts earlier this year, will work with the Welsh Assembly Government to help instil a love of reading in children as part of the country's national literacy plan.

Commenting on his appointment, the writer said that few activities are as 'empowering' for young people as reading.

'I once missed a breaktime coffee as a pupil excitedly described to me in great detail the plot of the longest Harry Potter - earlier he had arrived in the UK unable to speak English,' he explained.

Speaking at a school effectiveness framework conference at the University of Wales Newport, education minister Leighton Andrews said that Corcoran's passion for reading made him the 'perfect' candidate for the role.

In Random Thoughts, the comedian attempts to share every thought he has ever had and reveals some of the lessons he learned as a presenter of CBeebies' Doodle Do. The book is part of Accent Press' Quick Reads series, which are short works designed for emergent readers.

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