Bryony ColeNational Year of Reading 2012
What do they all have in common?       And what do they have to do with reading?
They are all places I read about.                          Before I visited.
how reading books inspired me to travel
connected me to amazing people…
and helped me explore new worlds.
A book can take you to new places,Without you ever needing to go.
A book can help you escape new places.
Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.                                               ...
Reading can help you understand new cultures and people
Reading you can travel in the paths of those before you.
Where you will find me at the bookstore
Then all this reading got me a pretty cool job.
Travel writing isn’t as glamourous as it looks.
The internet makes it easy to tell my own story.
humans cannot out-evolve the emotional connection with words on a page                                                    ...
Reading will open up your world.
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
National Ambassador for Reading 2012
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A talk i gave at Lauriston Girls' School on the importance of reading.

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  • India – I spent four and a half months here when I finished university
  • Thailand – I have been here five times in the past few years
  • Paris? I went here on exchange with lauriston.
  • Sri Lanka. I went here before Year 12.
  • Mexico
  • I was a student at Lauriston – just like you
  • I really wanted to talk about books today I think that is important.
  • When I was 12 I picked up The Endless Steppe. It descibes Esther’s life as her family escape the holocaust in Poland and are exiled to Siberia.
  • Siberia is a cold, lonely place.
  • At first by accident I learnt about Siberia. It was a true story and I wrote to the author and couldn’t believe a got a letter back. I didn’t want to go to siberia but I realised that a book could take m ethere – without me needting to go. And I could connect with someone I’d never met before.
  • No tv at howqua.
  • No televisions.
  • By Year 12 I had decideed to take a year of to travel. I read enough book that I thought I could do it. - Reading gives you access to other peoples tips and mistakes. Whatever you are interested in there is a book about it. I’d seen these places in my head before I visited. It made it much cooler when I was ther to understand the culture, hitory or to have just read about a secret spot no one else knew about.
  • One thing I learnt as I travelled was the power of reading to bring people together. Books help you make friends.Swap, share, discuss.
  • I was so into books that when I finished university I joined a publishing company. Lonely Planet.I got to talk to the authors every day. Find out their stories Talk to newspapers, magazines, and ask them to interview authors.I was right between book + travel.
  • grown up with the gen-y blogosphere boomThere content all over the webmindless ramblings, brain fart articles, gossip tweetsa minute fraction of the work that goes into publishing a bookA book goes through countless rewrites, rigouresseditorialising, blood, sweat, tears,they end up being a polished, end result of hard work :)movies are entertaining for a couple hoursbut nothing helps you fully immerse yourself in an environment like a novel cannothing is more real and inspiring than a biography that took years of harvesting interviews to writeeven with technology trippling every 2 minutes, humans can't seem to out-evolve the emotional connection with words on a page (tie it into eBooks on ipads + kindle segway)
  • National Ambassador for Reading 2012

    1. Bryony ColeNational Year of Reading 2012
    2. What do they all have in common? And what do they have to do with reading?
    3. They are all places I read about. Before I visited.
    4. how reading books inspired me to travel
    5. connected me to amazing people…
    6. and helped me explore new worlds.
    7. A book can take you to new places,Without you ever needing to go.
    8. A book can help you escape new places.
    9. Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. – carl sagan
    10. Reading can help you understand new cultures and people
    11. Reading you can travel in the paths of those before you.
    12. Where you will find me at the bookstore
    13. Then all this reading got me a pretty cool job.
    14. Travel writing isn’t as glamourous as it looks.
    15. The internet makes it easy to tell my own story.
    16. humans cannot out-evolve the emotional connection with words on a page - Daniel Wearne
    17. Reading will open up your world.

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