The Reader Organisation on BBC Radio Devon

Mark and Sarah sharing some reading with presenter Vic Morgan on BBC Radio Devon

The Reader Organisation’s South West contingent is continuing to grow at an ever-rapid pace, and now shared reading in the South West has hit the airwaves as well in community groups across the area.

Get Into Reading South West Project Manager Sarah Hopkins appeared on BBC Radio Devon’s The Late Show last night (Thursday 18th October). Sarah shared I Do Not Love Thee by 19th century poet Caroline Norton on air with presenter Vic Morgan, as well as talking about the impact Get Into Reading is making on its members, including Plymouth Central Library group member Mark Darley, who joined Sarah in the studio.

If you tuned in and found yourself wanting to know more about shared reading in South West England and in particular how to get involved in getting shared reading into your community, then you’re in luck as there are still a few places available on our latest open Read to Lead course, which just happens to be running in Devon, in the beautiful surroundings of Dartington Hall between 29th-31st October.

Our South West team are seeking people passionate about literature and its role in helping people feel better to help spread the Reading Revolution across the area. Sarah explains how well shared reading is already going down in residential, third-sector and community settings in the region:

People love it; it lifts them, amuses and stimulates them, calms them and gives them something meaningful to think and talk about with others.

The three-day intensive, stimulating and inspiring course will begin your journey into the world of shared reading, deliver the follow-up continuing learning offers, and provide the confidence and competence needed to get started as a shared reading practitioner.

For more information on Read to Lead Devon and to book your place, contact Roisin Hyland, Training Coordinator on roisinhyland@thereader.org.uk or call 0151 207 7207.

If you missed Sarah and Mark on BBC Radio Devon and Cornwall, don’t worry as you can listen again over the next week on the BBC Radio Devon website through iPlayer – 1 hour 20 minutes in.

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