Knock Knock, Who’s there? Author Anne Fine and poet Lemn Sissay

Posted by er134 at Jun 11, 2013 04:46 PM |
Award-winning scheme for children in care to celebrate 10th anniversary with Joke Book launch at University of Leicester

A pioneering scheme that provides books and learning materials for foster children is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week.

Children’s author Anne Fine and acclaimed poet and playwright Lemn Sissay will speak at the Education and Children in Care Conference on Thursday, June 13 - which will mark the 10th year of the Letterbox Club.

The Letterbox Club was founded by Rose Griffiths of the University’s School of Education, and became established as a national programme in partnership with Booktrust in 2007.

The team send books and number games to children aged 7 to 13 in foster care around the country. The scheme started as a pilot with 20 children in Leicester, now caters for nearly 6,000 foster children in 120 local authorities.

The event will be opened by Professor Sir Robert Burgess, University of Leicester Vice Chancellor - and Leicester city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby will give a presentation.

The day will feature the launch of the Letterbox 10th Anniversary Joke Book – featuring jokes, creative writing and illustrations by children from around the country, and contributions from several famous authors and illustrators.

Visit here for a full line-up of speakers and other activities at the event on Thursday 13 June at the University of Leicester’s Fraser Noble Hall, University Road from 10.45am to 3.45pm.

To book your free place, contact the University of Leicester on 0116 252 3771 or email

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