Through his company The Bodley Head, Max published the work of many great writers including George Bernard Shaw, Georgette Heyer, Alistair Cooke, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Graham Greene. These writers often became personal friends and wrote to him regularly. In 2013 a collection of this correspondence was discovered by his family who sold and used the proceeds to establish MaxLiteracy.
The first MaxLiteracy projects have been funded entirely by these letters, bringing together galleries, writers and schools to develop coherent and appropriate aims, strategies and resources.
Portrait of Max Reinhardt (top) courtesy of Caroline Forbes
About the Awards
The inaugural Max Reinhardt Literacy Awards were initiated and funded by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust in 2014.
With the support of Engage and NAWE, the awards have developed into a biennial programme enabling galleries, art museums and visual arts venues in England to support dedicated creative writing and literacy work with schools through art. The Awards are funded by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, with additional support from the Ernest Cook Trust.
Engage is the lead advocacy and training network for gallery education. Engage website
The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) supports the development of creative writing of all genres and in all educational and community settings throughout the UK. NAWE website
The Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust was set up by the publisher Max Reinhardt. It funds MaxLiteracy and the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award – an art award based in a museum or gallery which was set up in memory of Max’s daughter Alexandra who died in 2004. Both Awards are managed by Engage.
The Ernest Cook Trust awards grants to encourage young people's interest in countryside, environment, arts, science and to raise levels of literacy and numeracy. Ernest Cook Trust website