The Evening Read-In: Meet the Project Worker #1

It’s not long to go now until The Evening Read-In and before each Read-In starts in earnest, we’ll be profiling the TRO project worker that will be reading the selected story aloud so all you readers and listeners can get to know the person behind the voice…

The very first Read-In tale, A Christmas Carol, will be read over the next five weeks by Lynn Elsdon, a Get Into Reading Wirral project worker.

Lynn hails from Newcastle and has been at TRO for just getting on six months. She runs four adult groups in Wirral – two open groups in community libraries (Wallasey Central Library on Tuesdays, 1.30-2.30pm and St James’ Library in Birkenhead on Thursdays, 10am-12pm), a group with recovering addicts at ARCH Initiatives Birkenhead and a group with homeless people at The Ark Project.  She also reads one-on-one with six looked after children in their homes.

Her favourite thing about being a TRO project worker and running Get Into Reading groups is being a part of the shared world that is created by the stories and poems that are read; seeing how people support each other, share their own personal stories from their lives and the sense of companionship that unfolds from the Get Into Reading sessions.

Favourite book: The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Favourite poem:  Hard to choose, but loves High Windows by Philip Larkin

Favourite part from A Christmas Carol: “I love the strength and integrity of Scrooge’s ex-fiancee in the conversation they have when she breaks off their engagement. I love seeing how her family grows when they look into her future; how terribly sad it is for Scrooge to see what he missed out on, but it is heartening to know that he is learning at that point.”

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