June 27, 2022

SCOTLAND’S Makar, Kathleen Jamie, is one particular of the initial individuals in the place to pledge their assistance for the Preserve the Heid and Examine! campaign, which launched today.

Kathleen is becoming a member of a flurry of persons and organisations – which includes the Institute of Administrators and the SPFL Trust – in pledging to get component in the ‘national reading through moment’ on Wednesday 11th May.

The Scotland-large initiative, led by the Scottish Library and Info Council (SLIC) and with assistance from Baillie Gifford, aims to inspire and inspire folks of all ages and skills to examine each and every working day.

The initiative aims to boost psychological well being and wellbeing and commences with a pledge to study for just 6 minutes on 11th Might.

Children reading as a group
Individuals of all ages are encouraged to get part in the initiative on Wednesday 11th Could.

Scotland’s Makar, Kathleen Jamie stated: “Reading for pleasure can have a massive impact on our wellbeing.

“I read every single working day, frequently early in the early morning, to set me up for the day, so I’m happy to support the Maintain the Heid and Examine marketing campaign.

“I’ve pledged my six minutes of studying on 11th May possibly and would inspire anyone else to do the similar.”

Kathleen Jamie was appointed as Scotland’s Makar on 18th August 2021.

The role will involve selling poetry nationally and manufacturing perform for nationwide occasions, with Ms Jamie getting appointed for a three-calendar year time period.

With the national examining instant thanks to consider spot during Mental Wellness 7 days 2022, the SLIC hopes that the marketing campaign can be the starter for individuals to establish a regular examining pattern. 

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Main govt at SLIC, Pamela Tulloch explained: “This campaign was built to encourage the favourable and effortless-to-apply alterations which can assistance enhance psychological health and wellbeing.

“We feel starting with a uncomplicated pledge to read for just 6 minutes on 11th May perhaps will support encourage people today to consider ahead these fantastic behaviors in their day-to-day life.”

Functioning in partnership with Scotland’s 32 public library products and services, SLIC hopes the totally free-to-use solutions across Scotland will persuade as numerous folks as doable to get concerned in the Maintain the Heid and Read! marketing campaign. 

Pamela additional: “With the the vast majority of libraries now reopened across Scotland just after the pandemic, we hope these companies will allow folks all around Scotland to choose aspect in the countrywide looking through moment.”

Individual teams, such as educational facilities and workplaces, are invited to signal up at www.keeptheheid.scot.

Gaelic translated ‘Na bi ga do chall fhèin, leugh!’ marketing campaign components are also obtainable in total.