The Penny Readings 2008: SOLD OUT


TICKETS HAVE SOLD-OUT! To add your name to our ticket returns list please email  

Now in its fifth year, The Reader Organisation presents the annual Penny Readings, updating the hugely popular readings given by Charles Dickens in Liverpool in the 1840s. In a unique combination of music, dance, laughter, tears and great live readings, this is one unique Liverpool night out… for only one penny.

The Penny Readings will be in the Small Concert Room, St. George’s Hall on Sunday 7th December 2008. Doors open at 5.10pm and the performance will commence at 6pm.

Penny Readings Audience, St. George's Hall December 2007

For 2008 the world-famous actress Janet Suzman, renowned for her Shakespearean roles, will be joining us for the event. She will be taking her turn to read along with our very own Philip Davis (editor of The Reader magazine) and Liverpool literature-lover Brian Nellist.

It’s not just readings, there will also be performances by, amongst others: Daywalker (acoustic guitar and vocals), Kensington Choir, Sj Russell (performance poet extraordinaire), Somalifields (up-and-coming young Somali poets) and El Ghawazee (belly-dancers!).

Tickets for the Penny Readings 2008 are available from Liverpool Central Library (Second Floor Information Desk, tel: +44 151 233 5829) from Monday 24th November. Tickets are limited to two per person; please pay your penny on the door on the night. Please email if you have any queries.

Doors open at 5.10pm, please join us for tea and mince pies, have a shop at our second-hand bookstall and soak up the festive atmosphere in the foyer…

4 thoughts on “The Penny Readings 2008: SOLD OUT”

  1. I emailed twice to get information re this year’s Penny Readings [having been to the last 4] but got no response at all – wouldn’t have happened in Bea Colley’s day! e-mails were sent re venue/date well in advance.

    I now find out the event is ‘sold out’ –

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