Megan's moving on

Megan Blakie has been our Promotions person for 8 years (part-time) and finishes in this role on Thursday 21 February, to take up new professional challenges.

She writes:

"A highlight of my job has been interacting with members and hearing your stories. It's been a privilege to hear about the often deep bonds formed in book groups over the years, especially as many of you clock up two, three or four even decades together!

It's been wonderful to have helped create new book groups across the country and to record in articles and publications members' interesting endeavours. Your stories have been inspiring and heart-warming. 

Another highlight has been developing relationships with representatives from a diverse array of (mostly book-related) organisations all over the country, as well as meeting an author or two! 

In particular I acknowledge the support and encouragement of the New Zealand Book Council, Christchurch City Libraries, WORD Christchurch, Going West, Dunedin City of Literature and Dunedin City Libraries, The Commuting Book, our IT company Wild Software, Book Fairies, Lilliput Libraries...oh the list goes on. Thanks to you all. I hope these relationships and initiatives continue to flourish with my successor.

I am very proud of achieving the initial goal of my role - 1000 concurrent groups – and going on to institute Book Night, implement a new website, develop our social media (join Facebook anyone?) and enhance our organisational profile within the literary sector and beyond. 

In the area of our 'social agenda' (promoting literacy and English reading competency), working alongside immigrants Melissa Parker (Auckland) and Anna Sun (Christchuch) and others has been enlightening and sometimes hilarious, as we navigated different idioms and accents - and broadened my taste in Chinese tea!

Gaining the endorsement of Corrections for our prison programme, and working on successful events and projects with a diverse range of shops, festivals and organisations has been rewarding.

More importantly, I hope you all continue to open the pages of new and diverse books, to meet fellow readers and to share opinions with each other. I will miss the family of readers that is Book Discussion Scheme."

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