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Alan Gibbons, the children's author, is the driving force behind calls for a national conference on the importance of reading for pleasure

Alan Gibbons, the children's author, is the driving force behind calls for a national conference on the importance of reading for pleasure

Alan Gibbons, the children's author, is the driving force behind calls for a national conference on the importance of reading for pleasure. The aim is to draw up a charter to defend the place of the book in national life. It was prompted after the council in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, proposed swingeing cuts to the town's library services and after England slid down an international league table measuring the reading abilities of 10-year-olds last year.

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