New CLPE Patrons announced

We are delighted to announce the addition of three new CLPE patrons. We welcome author SF Said; author and illustrator Ed Vere and poet and author Joseph Coehlo to our team of existing supporters.

All three are prominent figures in the world of children’s literature and have played an integral role in various CLPE teaching and training projects. Their added support will further strengthen our work in championing literacy in primary schools across the UK.

S.F. Said is a multi-award-winning author of Varjak Paw, The Outlaw Varjak Paw and Phoenix - the first of which has been a key title on the CLPE’s Power of Reading scheme over the last decade. SF often features as a guest speaker on Power Of Reading and is a keen advocate of developing a reading for pleasure school culture.

Find out about the Power Of Reading training.

Ed Vere’s internationally acclaimed picture books are frequently used as part of the CLPE’s Power of Pictures programme – an Arts Council funded projected which was originally co-developed by Ed and CLPE Programme Leader, Charlotte Hacking. He is a regular speaker at literacy events and conferences and has taken the Power of Pictures message across the UK and beyond.

Read more about Power of Pictures and Ed Vere.

Joseph Coelho won the CLPE’s Poetry Award, CLIPPA, in 2015 for his debut collection Werewolf Club Rules. His poetry collection, Overheard in a Tower Block was then shortlisted for CLiPPA 2018. Joseph has continued to work with the charity on various projects including Power of Reading and speaking at various conferences. He will be running a special course on poetry: Let's Write! Improving Reading and Writing Using Poetry with Joseph Coelho this summer.

Discover CLiPPA and its associated School’s Shadowing Scheme.

Said, Vere and Coelho join an esteemed list of patrons who support the charity, including Roger McGough, Shirley Hughes, Aidan Chambers and two former children’s laureates, Michael Rosen and Sir Quentin Blake.

We look forward to continue building our relationship with our patrons and making accessible the rich insights and expertise of children’s authors and illustrators to primary schools across the UK.