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Grantham author becomes 'Story Champion' for Scotland




A local children’s book author has become a ‘Story Champion’ for Early Years Scotland, one of the country’s leading organisations.

Grant Koper, who used to attend St Mary’s Primary School, Grantham, and now lives in South London as an actor and performer, has been invited to join the likes of Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Lambert, CEO for Scottish Book Trust, to promote reading for pleasure in primary schools.

The 28-year-old published his first book, ‘The Day Granny’s Knickers Blew Away!’ in 2016 and has since read the story to almost 100,000 schoolchildren across the UK.

Grant Koper has read to nearly 100,000 primary school children. Photo: @richardjarmy - www.richardjarmy.co.uk (14567936)
Grant Koper has read to nearly 100,000 primary school children. Photo: @richardjarmy - www.richardjarmy.co.uk (14567936)

He said: “It’s a real honour to be asked. This is a message that I have been promoting with my school visits so children can connect an author to a book and hopefully inspire them to love reading and maybe even start writing their own stories. To be recognised by such a prestigious organisation is a really big achievement.The timing is perfect. I shall be, once again, visiting Scotland in August and September.”

Grant’s next book is due to be released later this year with the official book launch taking place in Grantham.

He added: “Both myself and the book’s illustrator Charli Robinson are from Grantham so it seemed fitting that we should launch our next book here.”

The story is another in Grant’s Granny Moon series and promises to be a “very royal adventure,” with the exact title still under wraps.

Schools are advised to book early to secure their author visit.

Photo: Richard Jarmey.


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