Libby Coleman – with Nick Ainley the editor and Marcus Tate the same-shape alphabet producer - is the co-creator of Yes we can read and of our Teach a friend to read guide.

Libby Coleman is a retired high school principal, prison literacy teacher and special needs lecturer.

Aged 6 she taught her older sister who is dyslexic to read.

Combating illiteracy through paired reading teaching has been her life-long passion ever since. 


Nick Ainley is a retired Mencap chair and manager of homes for adults with learning disabilities.

By breaking tasks into their smallest components he taught one of his clients who was paralysed down one side to tie his shoelaces with one hand !

Small steps is a key feature of the reading programme.

Promoting women's education with reading as the essential first step is his abiding passion.

With the Teach a friend to read guide

end illiteracy in your prisons and community!

Russell Haynes - Media Director for our Teach a friend to read guide, met Libby when they were both delegates at the Coates Review Into Prison Education. They hit it off through their mutual passion for helping prison inmates and leavers to believe in themselves.

Russ sits on the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance committee. 

He also volunteers for Good Vibrations 

Wayne Curtis - Promotions Manager. In and out of prisons and YOI's since the age of 16, Wayne is a recent prison leaver, who has turned his life around in the most remarkable way. He inspires us all with his determination.

He too is dyslexic and learned to read inside, and then went on to teach a man with learning difficulties to read. Wayne's second new reader joined Narcotics Anonymous as soon as he had completed the reading adventure with Wayne and was finally able to read the Twelve Steps.

Wayne's  passion to end illiteracy in prisons and his knowledge of the system is invaluable in helping us to ensure that no-one will leave prison unable to read, and that prisoners will lead the way in helping to end illiteracy with our Teach a friend to read guide.

He is helping to end illiteracy in Gosport, as an example of how communties can spreading the gift of reading and writing with

Teach a friend to read.

Marcus Tate is a photography graduate who works in the industry.

With Libby, Nick and the campaign champions and friends he aims to change attitudes towards dyslexia: reminding people that geniuses like Einstein, Picasso, Beethoven and Hans Christian Anderson were dyslexic, and above all showing the world that people of any age with dyslexia can learn to read and then gain the confidence to grow and shine. Many go on to teach others to read.

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HOPE Together is thrilled to be working with Teach a Friend to Read to support prisoners learning to read. We love the vision to put the 

Teach a Friend to Read guide into the hands of every inmate to ensure that no-one leaves prison unable to read.

We are excited to be involved and together

we will raise the funds to give a free copy of

our book ’'40 Stories of Hope’ to the new and

to the established readers in prisons.

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