Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw0
Don’t Email It, Write It!
Today marks the start of National Stationery Week. Each day this week is dedicated to a certain aspect of the stationery world. Monday is Pen and Pencil Day.
Now, in its 6th year, National Stationery Week is a chance to share the message that writing still plays an important part in our everyday domestic and working lives. This year is no different as it celebrates all things stationery, and stamps a mark on letters quite literally.
Whilst we spend so much time these days on smartphones, tablets and laptops, handwriting still remains an important skill. A YouGov study was commissioned by National Stationery Week and 92% of adults state that writing by hand is still important. In addition, 97% think it is important for children to be taught to write by hand. It is clearly more relevant than ever to promote this message as cursive writing lessons appear to be often under threat.
Even more encouraging is the fact that 91% of children aged 8-15 think that it is important to be able to write by hand. In the working environment 86% of business managers expect candidates for jobs to be able to write by hand, as well as have good keyboard skills.
National Stationery Week Postmark
This week, the Royal Mail, will be involved with the biggest consumer campaign for the stationery industry. The National Stationery Week logo, along with the #writingmatters hashtag, will be franked on the top of every letter posted from Monday 24th April to Saturday 29th April.
It is hoped that the postmark will not only be seen by millions of people, but also encourage people, young and old, to get involved with the event. With the “writing matters” strapline as encouragement, people will hopefully pick up a pen or pencil and write letters to loved ones and friends rather than simply sending a text or email.
Seven Days of Stationery
The postmark is an important part of the campaign which aims to prove the importance of handwriting. However, there is much more to enjoy as this week. Each day this week has a different stationery related theme for ‘Seven Days of Stationery’.
- Monday – Pen and Pencil Day
- Tuesday – Get Crafty
- Wednesday – World Stationery Day
- Thursday – Thank You Thursday
- Friday – Fountain Pen Friday
- Saturday – Signature Saturday
- Sunday – Write a Letter Day
The big highlight of the week will be World Stationery Day taking place on Wednesday. People from all over the world will talk about and share their favourite Stationery items with other stationery lovers.
Have Fun with Stationery
You may be surprised to learn that a third of Britons admit that they have written virtually nothing by hand in the last 6 months. So, what better time than to get more people putting pen to paper and writing more often during National Stationery Week.
From this week forwards why not send more letters to friends and family or keep a diary of your day to day adventures? Maybe, even write a story or that great novel you have been promising yourself to start.
Remember, there is no such thing as having too much stationery.
National Stationery Week Fact – Pencil and Pencil Day
Did you know, the author John le Carre writes all his novels by hand?