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 Teach a friend to read and write.

Both are available on Amazon.

Teach a friend to read is our campaign coach-book.

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.

Russell Haynes - the Project Director for Teach a friend to read. Russ first met Libby Coleman at a conference they both attended at the Ministry of Justice. They hit it off through their mutual passion for helping prison leavers move on. Russ heard about Teach a friend to read and immediately was on board in helping Libby realise her dream of ending illiteracy. Russ first worked putting together the campaign social media then eventually in 2017 agreed to take the position of Project Director and help drive this project forward.  

Russ sits on the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance committee 

He also volunteers for Good Vibrations 

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 with dyslexia can learn to read.

With Teach a friend to read coach-book

you can teach your child, relative, friend to read

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Teach a friend to read and write is available on Amazon. 

For Teach a friend to read community project orders of 100 + at the reduced price of £5 a copy contact :

Delancey Press at:

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