With the Teach a friend to read guide

end illiteracy in your prisons and community!

The Campaign Champions

Champions support and promote the mission of helping everyone who can

read to teach all those who struggle with reading.

Champions support and promote the mission of helping everyone who can

read to teach all those who struggle with reading.


Julia Killick CBE 

Last Governor of HMP Holloway; board member of the Prison Reform Trust,
Liberty Kitchen and Step Together Volunteering

I am a huge fan of the project, which offered us an excellent, and most importantly, a flexible resource to help Holloway women to read and write. We had a very transient and diverse population, comprising many nationalities and reading abilities. Teach a friend to read enabled our women readers to coach others - without the need for training.  Above all, it allowed the new reader to continue learning to read after release or after moving to another prison.

So the interactive guide was a God-send after Holloway closed. 

This is a most powerful tool that encourages desistance from offending, and is key to all Prison Governors' aims. 

Sarah Miles - international film, theatre and tv actress, author and spiritual healer.

Her Excellency Mrs Fatima Maada Bio,

First Lady of Sierra Leone aims to make Sierra Leone the first Commonwealth country to eliminate illiteracy, with the help of 

Teach a friend to read.

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Duncan Nzangi,

CEO of Light of Hope Youth Initiative International

in Machakos County Kenya

Her Excellency Dorothy Kamwilu, Educatio

Her Excellency

Dorothy Kamwilu,

Education Attache Kenyan

High Commission London

David Walliams

actor, comedian, bestselling writer and television personality

Minette Walters   

International best selling

queen of psychological thriller

and prison reform campaigner

Russell Brand

comedian, actor, radio host, writer and activist.

The Rt. Hon. Caroline Dinenage   Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice

Peter James

 International best selling author

Jilly Cooper O.B.E

International bestselling

adult and children’s author

Jonathan Aitken

An author, former MP, former Cabinet Minister & former prisoner. He is a well known and highly respected campaigner for prison reform and a CSJ Fellow

Paddy Richardson

Award-winning, New Zealand psychological thriller writer

The Rev'd Dr Anthony Michael Moore

Vicar of St Margaret's of Antioch, Rottingdean

Val McDermid 

 celebrated, international best selling Scottish crime writer

Erwin James, 

Chief Editor of Inside Time, journalist, trustee and patron of several prison and ex-offender charities, author of 

A Life Inside, The Home Stretch; Redeemable.

Roger Tucker   

Film & TV director

Hollyoaks, Lovejoy,
Soldier Soldier

Tracey Ford

Founder of JAGS


Nick Dry

Head Teacher, St Nicholas Community Primary Special School

The Reverend Father Martin Morgan, Anglican Priest, author & comedy script writer

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Julia Killick CBE Ret. Governor 

Her Majesty’s Prison and Young Offenders institution, Holloway

Damien Jordan 

Headteacher Fairlight Primary School

Miriam Mason-Sesay MBE

Co-founder and

Country Director EducAid Sierra Leone

Victoria Aseervatham   

Commissioner for Rough sleepers  

& homelessness services for 

The City of Westminster

Tracey Edwards, 

Literacy and Special Needs campaigner

Daniel Frampton, 

Literacy campaigner & volunteer for 
We CAN read, Gosport
and Fareham

Dr Gordon Ade-Ojo

Network and Partnership Coordinator,
Dpt.of Secondary Education, Language and Literacy Education,
University of Greenwich.

Andy Paradise

RAF Veteran and
Founder of Read and Grow

Alina Madadi

Hawaiian English teacher and literacy champion.

Chris Orman

Founder of 

The Bouncing Ball Trust

Ian Brodigan

Printer and Literacy Campaigner

Linda Curtiss and Una Sadler

Founders of 
We CAN Read, Gosport UK

Beth Thomas-Hancock

Volunteering and Mentoring Manager

Active Student Volunteering Service

University of Brighton

Jo Tew

Assistant Director in Film and Television

Steve O'Brien

Chief Executive Officer at Dyslexia Foundation

Jules Ward

Community Engagement Worker

Gosport Voluntary Action

Hassan Kamara

Chairman of
All Works of Life Sierra Leone


BK Duncan

Change management consultant
and author

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Ange Tyler

Chief Executive Capital Talent & Griffin School Trust

Tatiana Wilson

Founder of www.peoplesbookprize.com


Frankie Owens

Award-winning author of the Little Book of Prisons and former prisoner

Whilst in prison I attempted to help prisoners through a reading scheme but it was too difficult to deliver. Teach a friend to read would have been perfect as the coach and learner are self-contained and independent. It can be delivered on the wing, and a new coach can seamlessly take over the teaching if necessary. I now teach a service user from Portsmouth probation with Teach a friend to read. It is an amazing experience giving the gift of reading and changing lives.