Crime writer Martina Cole was in Castleford last week as part of a nationwide tour to promote reading and improve adult literacy.
Ms Cole visited workers at the Argos Home Delivery Distribution Centre in Whitwood on Friday as part of the Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge.
The scheme hopes to encourage less confident readers to read six books, magazines or newspapers and log it in a diary to achieve a certificate.
Ms Cole said: “I’m proud to be associated with this scheme. I greatly enjoyed meeting new faces at workplaces and prisons and hearing first-hand what a difference the Six Book Challenge has made.
“It was great to see how much more confident they felt about reading.”
The author is touring workplaces and prisons across the country throughout October as part of the scheme.
The Six Book Challenge, in its eighth year, aims to get 50,000 adults to become more confident in reading and literacy. David Kendall, adult literacy specialist at the Reading Agency, said: “Martina is a fantastic advocate for the Six Book Challenge.
“Her enthusiasm and rapport with participants is matched only by the breadth and diversity of her own reading.
“She’s already proved a big hit in prisons, where she’s been the most popular author for years and also in workplaces running the challenge.
“Meeting a bestselling author like Martina has been a fantastic bonus for those taking part in the Six Book Challenge.”
As part of the tour, Ms Cole has also visited prisons in Durham, Lanarkshire and hospitals in Glasgow.
Almost 90 per cent of those who took part in last year’s project said they felt more confident about reading having taken part. For more information on the Reading Agency or the Six Book Challenge visit www.readingagency.org.uk
People can also sign up and find details of books to read as part of the challenge on the website.