National Teen Book Club

Book Clubs in Schools (BCiS)

Available Between

This is a four-week interactive opportunity for you to connect with lots of other readers across the UK and to meet people who love the same books as you ­- or different books, too. For four weeks, between 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm every Wednesday, you will be able to share your thoughts on our chosen book: My Name is Leon by literary superstar Kit de Waal. You`ll be meeting writing heroes and building skills that help you become a better reader, writer and explore careers in the literary world.

You’ll also get the chance to meet and ask questions of:

Kit De Waal, the writer of the book we’ll be discussing each week Jo Unwin, one of the top literary agents in the country! She represents Charlie Brooker (who wrote Black Mirror) and Richard Ayoade. Jon Day, who is a writer and teaches English and creative writing at King’s College London. He had been a judge the top writing prize of all, The Man Booker Prize, and is also the lead fiction critic for the Financial Times.

Your participation in the National Teen Book Club means you will get special access to purchase My Name Is Leon at a heavily discounted price.

Over the four weeks, you will read the book and each Wednesday between 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm we will meet online to:

- Talk about books you love and the book we`ll be reading.

- Meet writing titans in live question and answer sessions, meeting award-winning and other leading authors as well as comedy writers, music writers, journalists, publishers and other writing heroes.

- Interactive activities for you to complete with other readers in the weekly events and independently offline. These may include illustration, creative writing opportunities and research activities all related to the book club`s book.

- At the end of the four weeks, there will be a graduating finale where you meet the author of the book.

What will you gain through the National Teen Book Club after school club:

- You will meet with other teens and build your communication and teamwork skills each week through virtual interactions.

- A certificate from Speakers for Schools and Book Clubs in Schools to help in your future education and career opportunities.

- Across National Teen Book Club events, completing the tasks week to week fulfils the skills element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

- Be introduced to a variety of writing careers by meeting authors, writers and publishers and find your future in the literary world.

Skills/Experiences You Will Gain:

Decision Making
Communication Skills
Document writing
Goal setting
Problem solving
Time management
Project work

Great For Students Who Are:

Team Player
Hard Working
Interested in learning industry basics
Interested in photography
Proficient with social media
Able to learn quickly
Capable with numbers
Willing to learn
Keen to try new things
Interested in analysing information
Interested in problem solving
Interested in reading

Candidate Questions

Below are a number of questions which you will need to answer to apply for this opportunity.
What is your favourite book?