Reading Matters is a program for years nine and ten that has been running at Scotch for the past three years, working with reluctant students and firing them up about writing, reading and story. English teachers suggest boys for the program but it is more targeted at the young men who ‘can do’ but ‘choose not to’. Author Scot Gardner has been working in the program since its inception and from the beginning of the sessions he makes it clear that he is not a teacher. Scot has spent a lot of time working as a counsellor and youth worker and it shows. Gentle in manner and measured in his approach, Scot takes no time at all to tune in to each boy’s wavelength. There are three aspects to the program: an introduction to Scot and his writing, an invitation/challenge to read one of his books, an introduction to their first year ten text delivered in the last term of year nine; and a final stand-alone session with the same group in the following year when they have begun studying Macbeth. The boys leave the sessions uplifted, empowered and in Scot’s words ‘walking tall’.