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Word Matters

BBC Radio 5 Live's Word Matters project is a special season of programmes and events looking at adult literacy.

It’s estimated that nine million adults in the UK find doing things like filling out forms, writing birthday cards or reading bedtime stories a real challenge.

Through the project, 5 Live wants to celebrate the power of words and hold the biggest conversation around adult literacy in the UK.

Your stories

Listeners and celebrities have been telling 5 Live about their challenges with literacy. Hear more stories here.

The Read Out Loud challenge

As part of Word Matters, 5 Live asked people to send in videos of themselves reading out loud some words which really matter to them.

Research shows that reading out loud can improve memory, bring communities together and help build confidence.

Listeners, celebrities and presenters joined in and the words have ranged from a school motto to a message from a neighbour.