Books

Jojo Moyes saves Quick Reads from closure

May 10, 2018

Jojo Moyes has secured the future of struggling adult literacy programme Quick Reads by personally pledging funding for the next three years. The charity announced in April that it was being forced to close after eleven years due to a lack of sponsorship, but Jojo's donation has secured its operations until 2023.

Quick Reads commissions high-profile authors to contribute short novels aimed at adults with low literacy levels, which are sold for £1 and distributed to libraries, prisons, hospitals and colleges. Jojo wrote Paris For One for the programme in 2015, and authors like Jeffrey Archer, Malala and Roddy Doyle have also contributed stories. Since its inception in 2006, Quick Reads has distributed 4.8 million short stories.