Welcome to Sep10ber, a whole month dedicated to revolutionary shared reading…
Back in 2002, Jane Davis set up two weekly reading groups for young mothers and adult learners in Birkenhead, and the reading revolution was begun:
I wanted to get books into the hands of people like myself who needed them, so I set up Get Into Reading to bring books and people together.
People began to tell me: ‘This isn’t just reading, this is good for my health, you should be getting paid by the NHS.’
Ten years later, we now work with a diverse range of partners, including Mersey Care NHS Trust, Wirral and Liverpool Libraries, HMP Reading, Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust, Bupa Care Homes, Idea Store, MIND, Tesco and Liverpool Hope University.
Each week we deliver over 300 groups across the UK, from Glasgow to London, reaching over 1300 people aged 3 to 103. We have taken Shakespeare to supermarkets, poetry to prisons, and Hardy to hospitals.
To mark this special milestone, we’ve come up with a list of the most popular books from the past 10 years of Get Into Reading and we want to hear from you – which are your favourite books and poems, and who would you most like to hear reading them aloud?
Click here to read the list, cast your vote, and make your suggestions!