Celebrating International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, we asked five of our inspirational Reader Women to suggest some brilliant literature from five inspirational, international authors. Here are their suggestions. . .

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Shared Reading is giving young boys in a California juvenile hall ‘a place to be together’

Kathy sent herself across the world last summer to take up The Reader’s Read to Lead training at our Liverpool HQ – perhaps just about the only thing you can’t get in California.

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Featured Poem: We Grow Accustomed to the Dark by Emily Dickinson

The Reader’s Learning and Quality Leader, Natalie Kaas Pontoppidan, shares her thoughts on this week’s Featured Poem, We Grow Accustomed to the Dark by Emily Dickinson.

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The Reader Leader who’s packed her bags and taken Shared Reading to France

The Reader has trained people to Read to Lead all over the world and already has Shared Reading communities from Sweden to New Zealand.

We haven’t yet made the stride across the channel to our nearest neighbour – or we didn’t think we had – until we learned that one former London-based Reader Leader has packed up her handbook and taken the practice there herself.

Alice Colquhoun completed her Read to Lead training in October 2016 and ran two Shared Reading groups in London with a year in a centre for homeless people and a ten-week project reading scripts at the Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush.

She said: “It was really magical. It really made me feel part of London.”

But when her partner took a job in Grenoble, France, and while she was finishing her doctorate, she needed to make the move and leave her groups behind.

“I actually considered flying back each week just to carry on!” she laughs.

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