McDermid becomes Scottish Book Trust patronposted on 09 Nov 2018
Scottish Book Trust has appointed crime writer Val McDermid as its new patron.
McDermid will support the charity to help inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure through various programmes and outreach work.
The organisation helps teachers to inspire children to develop a passion for reading, through classroom activities, organising children’s book prizes, the First Minister's Reading Challenge and running author events throughout schools. For adults, the charity provides a digital storytelling programme which gathers stories and develops technological skills in adults while its reading programmes engages with socially isolated older people. The Trust also assists with bursaries, mentoring and professional development and works with teenagers to provide development opportunities.