New BookTrust Writer in Residence bridges gap between video games and reading



Taran Matharu announced as the new BookTrust Writer in Residence



Taran Matharu, the New York Times bestselling children's writer and Wattpad sensation, well known for the Summoner series, has been appointed the new online Writer in Residence for the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, BookTrust.

Taran, who takes over from Sarah McIntyre, starts his six-month residency with a vlog introducing his exciting plans for the forthcoming months which will explore the benefits of reading and writing online, being a young writer and the intersections between books and gaming.  

Taran Matharu says about his residency at BookTrust:

“I am so incredibly grateful to BookTrust for giving me the opportunity to pursue a cause that is very close to my heart - bringing the joy of reading to kids and teens across the country. It’s also my hope that I will be able to inspire young writers, both by my own example and highlighting the successes of other young authors. I can't wait to share my thoughts with you all!”

Highlights of Taran’s residency will include his inspiration for the Summoner series and a series of features looking at the relationship between video games and reading, two hobbies Taran believes need not be mutually exclusive. 

Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO said:

“We are delighted to welcome Taran as the next BookTrust Writer in Residence. The project gives visitors to the BookTrust website a unique insight into the minds of acclaimed writers. We fully support Taran’s mission to bridge the gap between video games and reading because to help get children turning pages, they need to be offered books that excite them. Taran’s thrilling books certainly fit that bill, especially for some of the more reluctant readers.” 

The BookTrust Writer in Residence project has been running since March 2009 and has featured several authors and illustrators including Cressida Cowell, Sita Brahmachari, Patrick Ness, Polly Dunbar, Bali Rai, Matt Haig, Laura Dockrill, Chris Riddell, Sarah McIntyre, Philip Ardagh and Phil Earle. The residency encourages each writer or illustrator to explore topics that they are passionate about, with past residents exploring themes such as the power of stories, diversity in children’s literature and the importance of libraries.

Keep up-to-date with all Taran’s vlogs and blogs here


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