READ ON (Reading for Enjoyment, Achievement and Development of Young People) aims to reignite the passion for reading amongst young people, by developing the interest among young Europeans between 12 and 19 through their active involvement in finding different ways of experiencing, sharing and creating literature.

Lead Partner

Haugaland videregaende skole, Norway

  • West Cork Music, Bantry, Ireland
  • Writing Midlands (UK)
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Carlos Garate (Portugal);
  • Associacio Tantagora Serveis Culturals (Spain);
  • Comitato Organizzatore del Festival Internazionale della Letteratura in Mantove (Ialy);
  • SILK (Norway)
Funding Strand

Cooperation Projects

Community Grant



READ ON (2017 - 20221) aims to involve different groups and entities for each initiative: literary festivals, libraries, reading groups, associations, youth centres and other institutes that work in the education sector in the six countries. READ ON is not only focused at young people but also aims to provide tools, examples and good practice for teachers and those in the cultural sector to promote pro-reading policies among teenagers and, consequently, throughout all of society.

READ ON is divided into a series of coordinated actions focused on the promotion of literature in its different forms, reading habits, narratives and the digital world, the relationship between authors and young readers, seeking to release the creative energy of the youngsters, expand their knowledge and give answers to their concerns and full expression of their potential. 

As reading is a key skill for all young people to master to succeed in their future working and social lives, the project aims to reignite a passion for reading amongst young people (12-19) through their active involvement in finding different ways of experiencing, sharing and creating literature.

Elements include; Reading, Creative Writing, Interviewing writers, Literature as a conveyer of Cultural Identity, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Training for Professionals, Audience Development and Podcasts. Activities take place in schools and libraries and also during the partners' festivals. 

Testimonial from Irish Partner

'Delivering this project with both EU and national partners has provided a great opportunity to share skills, knowledge and experience across a broader platform. It has provided a mechanism to expand the work that we do, build capacity within the organisation and to develop working relationships for future collaboration.'

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