Reading for pleasure

Sue's story: 63 reasons to read

Sue Chapman's list of 63 reasons to enjoy reading.

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My name is Sue Chapman and I didn't learn to read until I was 60. And I've come up with 63 things that I can do now that I couldn't do before.

I can make appointments and write them down. Form filling, I can do that. Book reading, Woodley Library, newspapers, crosswords, having a bookcase, singing in church, computers, awards, new flat, new car, art college, quizzes, visiting museums.

Catching the right buses and trains, money matters, being very happy, cooking, menus, shopping and changing my food. Not staying in, know what the flowers names are, booking trips for the day out, joining clubs, exercising, reading sign posts. Reading things off the TV, I know about what is happening in the world, politics, reading insurance, get myself insured, keeping a daily diary.

Now I can help other people because I can read and write. I'm extremely proud of myself and life is just wonderful.

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  • Short film about Sue Chapman who learned to read at the age of 63.
  • Features┬áher list of 63 things she can do or enjoy now she can read.
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