Featured Poem: May 1916, The Veteran by Margaret Postgate Cole

This week we’ll be sharing a daily poetry reading from our On Active Service 1914-1918 collection as part of our Armistice commemorations. Beginning the week with our usual Featured Poem, Clare reads The Veteran by Margaret Postgate Cole.

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The Scariest Character in Literature?

Halloween is upon us and we’re indulging in some frightful reads with a look back at some of literature’s scariest characters. Reader Volunteer David has been finding out which characters still gives Reader staff the shivers.

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Featured Poem: The Flower of Mending by Vachel Lindsay

Our Featured Poem this week comes from American poet Vachel Lindsay. The Flower of the Mending was originally published in his 1917 collection, The Chinese Nightingale, and Other Poems.

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Featured Poem: To my Lord Biron’s tune of — Adieu Phillis by Katherine Philips

This week’s Featured Poem comes a little later than usual, so much so it is almost next week’s Featured Poem. So to herald in the weekend, Katherine Philips’ To my Lord Biron’s tune of – Adieu Phillis.

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First steps with First Page in the North West

Earlier this year we launched an exciting new project that would significantly improve the life chances of children living across the North West by building a culture of reading for pleasure that will empower them for life. Kara shares an update from First Page.

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The Reading Cure – Ten years on…

A decade ago, during the Year of Reading, Blake Morrison wrote a piece for The Guardian about a revolutionary movement in Merseyside which was bringing people together and books to life.

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Can we make every day National Poetry Day?

A week on from National Poetry Day, we wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make the day possible. Whether it was sharing or downloading our special Change anthology or enjoying our series of digital poetry readings.

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Featured Poem: Say not the Struggle nought Availeth by Arthur Hugh Clough

Our Featured Poem this week comes from Arthur Hugh Clough who declares Say not the Struggle nought Availeth.

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Exploring Ozymandias in HMP Whitemoor

In our second Group of the Month, we’re shining the spotlight on HMP Whitemoor, where The Reader’s Brendan Harrington runs a weekly group with inmates and staff.

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