A Masterclass on Shared Reading with Older People – celebrating 74 groups in the South West.

25 Reader Leaders from across the South West came together last week for a Masterclass on Reading with Older People as part of Loneliness Awareness Week.

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Coming up in Literary Learning

As the days get shorter, we’re definitely not short of opportunities to develop your literary thinking and enjoy some enriching shared reading in great company at The Reader Organisation. In the next month there’s a new Short Course for Serious Readers with a canine theme at Calderstones Mansion House, as well as a Masterclass in Liverpool especially for Read to Lead graduates.

Read on for more of what’s on the Literary Learning calendar later this Autumn…

purebred english Bulldog in glasses and bookShort Courses for Serious Readers: A Dog’s Life
Wednesday 20th November, 10am-1pm
Calderstones Mansion House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool

£15; £10 concessions (Get Into Reading members/income support/students/pensioners)

Loyalty and unconditional love are amongst the important reasons why humans love dogs. From Homer to Hardy, we will read a wide variety of poetry and prose exploring the uncomplicated nature of the human-dog relationship. In this special half-day Short Course for Serious Readers, we will think about our need for joy, companionship and affection and the literary dogs that have seriously valuable lessons to teach about life, love and loss.

Our Short Courses for Serious Readers are perfect for anyone who loves literature to rediscover reading classics in a relaxed setting, allowing you to immerse yourself in texts with guidance from experts and the company of like-minded people. Take a morning for yourself and take a break from life to enjoy some great literature.

Find out more about our Short Courses for Serious Readers on the Courses section of our website. There are a final few places available for ‘The Test of the Sea’ Short Course this coming Saturday 26th October, 10am-4pm at Calderstones Mansion House, where we’ll be reading Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad. See our website for all the information on how to book or contact sophiejohnson@thereader.org.uk

November’s Masterclass

MRL_5280‘And Yet the Books’: Reading in Library and Community Settings
Monday 18th November, 5-8pm
Liverpool Central Library

As part of Ongoing Learning, Read to Lead graduates can join us for this special evening Masterclass in Liverpool, focusing on shared reading in library and community settings. Join Helen Wilson to discuss all aspects of shared reading these settings, ranging from publicity and techniques for recruitment to group dynamics and ‘going deeper’ in sessions.

Masterclasses are special sessions exclusively for those who have completed the Read to Lead course and wish to improve their practice as a facilitator and deepen their understanding as a reader, a vital part of Ongoing Learning in the practice of shared reading.

Places on this Masterclass are free within your first year of Ongoing Learning; otherwise they cost £25.
Contact Literary Learning Coordinator Sophie Johnson to reserve your place, and if you wish, request a particular topic for discussion: sophiejohnson@thereader.org.uk
Keep up-to-date on our latest Courses at any time by visiting the Courses section on our website: http://www.thereader.org.uk/courses.aspx
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A Summer of Masterclasses

summer_readingSummer is here and the longer days leave even more time for literary thinking. As part of The Reader Organisation’s Ongoing Learning, we have a calendar of upcoming Masterclasses to ensure you do some valuable reading throughout the summer days.

Masterclasses are special sessions designed exclusively for Read to Lead graduates, dealing with all aspects of developing shared reading practice. Come and learn expertise from The Reader Organisation’s dedicated staff, build your skills and maintain quality in your shared reading facilitation.

Rites of Passage
Thursday 18th July, 5-8pm, Calderstones Mansion House, Liverpool

Come along to the future International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing at Calderstones Mansion House in Liverpool for this special evening Masterclass exploring pieces of literature that have been influential and meaningful in our lives. Led by Quality Practice Manager Kate McDonnell, we’ll create a living reading list and share the works that have inspired us, together.

Interrupted
Monday 5th August, 2-5.30pm, Central London (Venue TBC)
**Rescheduled from its original June slot**
Join Amanda Brown, The Reader Organisation’s Criminal Justice Projects Manager, to discover more about how interruptions in shared reading groups can be utilised to focus our discussions, making what may be viewed as potentially hindrances helpful.

If you’ve been on Read to Lead, make sure you stay in the sun this summer by booking your place for these brilliant Masterclasses. Places are FREE for first 12 months after completing Read to Lead as part of your Ongoing Learning. Beyond this, these Masterclasses cost £25, refreshments included.

For more information about Masterclasses and how to book your places, visit our website or contact Literary Learning Coordinator Roisin Hyland on roisinhyland@thereader.org.uk

What’s On in the world of Literary Learning

We’re on the cusp of a new month, and there’s lots of exciting things in The Reader Organisation’s Literary Learning calendar to keep you reading, learning and thinking about literature as summer begins to heat up.

Sharing Reading Experience MastheadHere’s a little look at what’s coming up on the horizon – no matter what kind of reader you are, there’s sure to be something for you.

Upcoming Masterclasses

Read to Lead graduates can join staff from The Reader Organisation for these very special sessions designed to deepen understanding and improve practice as as a shared reading practitioner as part of their Ongoing Learning.

Rites of Passage *special evening slot*
5-8pm, Thursday 18th July, Calderstones Mansion House, Liverpool

For this session, we will each bring along a passage which has been deeply, personally meaningful for us and share them with each other: good shared reading practice is personal – fed by our own reading lives – and this Masterclass will create a living reading list, inspiring you to read texts which have inspired and influenced others.

Interrupted: Dealing with interruptions in shared reading groups with Amanda Brown
2-5.30pm, Monday 5th August, London (Venue TBC)

Shared reading sessions have interruptions as a built-in feature – the pauses for discussion enabling people to compare the truths of the literature with their own truths. But how long should we stay there and how do we get back? Join Criminal Justice Projects Manager Amanda Brown to discover more about how literary interruptions can be used to focus our discussion of shared reading best practice.

Read to Lead graduates can get more information on both of these Masterclasses by visiting our website and contacting Literary Learning Coordinator Roisin Hyland.

Short Courses for Serious Readers: Down to Earth with Brian Nellist
Mondays (until June), 10.30am-12.30pm,
The Lauries, Birkenhead,

Summer Reading Course NEW PRICESJoin literary supremo, The Reader magazine regular and Godfather of The Reader Organisation Brian Nellist for this special summer reading course. Come along for a couple of hours on Mondays to enjoy great literature from Chekhov, James Joyce, Alice Munro and Steven Millhauser, as well as good company and tea and biscuits too.

Prices are £46 or £23 for concessions (Get Into Reading group members/students/pensioners/unemployed) and you can also drop in weekly and pay as you go for £7.80 per session. All funds go towards supporting The Reader Organisation’s work.

More information can be found on our website.

Read to Lead Berkshire and London – LIMITED PLACES

If you want to discover more about the working practice of shared reading, there are limited places available on our next open Read to Lead courses in Berkshire on 10th, 17th and 24th June and London on 1st, 8th and 15th July.

For more information and to book your place, please contact Literary Learning Coordinator Roisin Hyland.

May’s Masterclass: A Novel Approach

novelsA Novel Approach: What a novel brings to your shared reading group
Saturday 18th May, 10am-4pm
Cullompton Library, Exeter

Looking to start reading a novel with your shared reading group, but not sure how to go about it? Perhaps you’re already reading novels and are looking to refine your practice? Are you interested in the special quality that novels have when read aloud together?

This special Saturday Masterclass, led by The Reader Organisation’s Literary Learning Manager and The Reader magazine regular Casi Dylan, will cover all aspects of working with novels, from selection through to conclusion, and will make the case for working through longer works of fiction as a group.

“The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.” – E.M.Forster

Masterclasses are especially for Shared Reading Practitioners who have attended Read to Lead as part of The Reader Organisation’s Ongoing Learning provision, designed to improve shared reading practice and deepen understanding as a reader.

The last few places on this special weekend Masterclass in Exeter are available – places are free if you are within your first year of Ongoing Learning, and £55 otherwise. This cost includes lunch.

For more information on this Masterclass and to book your place, please contact Literary Learning Coordinator Roisin Hyland on roisinhyland@thereader.org.uk or call 0151 207 7207, with the details of the Read to Lead course you attended.

Literary Learning at The Reader Organisation

The Reader Organisation’s Literary Learning provision is a key part of what we do, developing Shared Reading Practice as a recognised and valued craft.  Through our courses, Ongoing Learning Provision, and quality assurance systems, we are enabling others to bring the power of shared reading to life.

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Over 550 people in the UK and beyond have completed our flagship Read to Lead course, equipping them with the skills and understanding to practice as a Shared Reading Facilitator and run shared reading groups inspired by our Get Into Reading project.

Do you fancy learning the essentials of shared reading practice in right royal surroundings? Here’s your chance! The final few places are available on our open Read to Lead course at the beautiful Kensington Palace in London running on Mondays 25th Feb, 4th Mar and 11th Mar.

Download an application form from our website or contact Roisin Hyland for more information: roisinhyland@thereader.org.uk

Ongoing Learning

two women with a poem drinking teaCompleting the Read to Lead course is by no means the end of your Literary Learning journey with The Reader Organisation – we provide extensive Ongoing Learning provision in the form of Masterclasses, the Shared Reading Hub, and much more.

*Save the date! Saturday 20th April 2013*

Following the consultation on the Shared Reading Hub, we are delighted to announce the date for 2013’s Good Practice Get Together: Saturday 20th April.

This special day, to be held in Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus, is open to all shared reading practitioners who have completed the Read to Lead course. It will be jam-packed with opportunities to develop your practice, – as a reader and facilitator – to meet other reading revolutionaries around the country and to catch-up on The Reader Organisation’s latest developments, especially in relation to quality practice.

More details to follow soon…

Upcoming Masterclasses

Masterclasses are the main component of our Ongoing Learning provision, an exclusive opportunity for Shared Reading Practitioners to improve their practice as a facilitator and deepen their understanding as a reader.

Click here to find out more about the next Masterclass, ‘The Play’s the Thing: Reading Plays in Shared Reading Groups‘, which takes place on 11th Feburary in Manchester.

Meanwhile, here’s another date for your diary later in 2013…

A Novel Approach, 10am-4pm, 18 May, Exeter

 

“The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.” – E.M.Forster

Looking to start reading with your shared reading group, but not sure how to go about it? Already reading novels and looking to refine your practice? Interested in the special quality that novels have when read aloud together? This special Saturday masterclass will cover all aspects of working with novels, from selection through to conclusion, and will make the case for working through longer works of fiction as a group.

Masterclasses are free for the first 12 months of Ongoing Learning; £25 for half-day sessions and £55 for full-day sessions thereafter. For more details, please visit the Shared Reading Hub or contact Rosin Hyland: roisinhyland@thereader.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Play’s The Thing Masterclass

seaThe Play’s The Thing: Reading Plays in Shared Reading Groups
Monday 11th February 2013, 1.30-5pm
Cornerhouse, Manchester

Earlier this week, we kicked off our new 2013 calendar of Masterclasses in London, but it’s never too early to look ahead to the next shared reading adventure in store.

Coming up in February, we have a special Masterclass which will explore the reading of drama in play form in shared reading groups. From William Shakespeare to Willy Russell, Victoria Wood to Caryl Churchill, plays offer a range of great literature as well as the opportunity to reach out to new audiences.

The Reader Organisation’s Project Worker Amanda Boston will lead the session, where attendees will read a range of playscripts together to discover how drama can provide a fresh take on a shared reading group, encouraging reading aloud by group members who are sometimes reluctant to do so. No previous acting experience is required: just a willingness to share the power of the spoken word.

Masterclasses are designed to foster deeper understanding and practise of shared reading in specific areas, and are available to those who have completed Read to Lead. Masterclasses are free for the first 12 months after completion of Read to Lead; following this, places cost £25 for a half-day session.

To book your place on this special Masterclass, please contact Roisin Hyland, Literary Learning Coordinator, on roisinhyland@thereader.org.uk or 0151 207 7207, stating the date and location of the Read to Lead course you completed.