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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Pain Relief through Shared Reading

A Californian study has suggested that a trip to an art gallery can provide pain relief. The Reader’s Kate McDonnell, who leads a Shared Reading group for people living with chronic pain, understands why.

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Bringing Shared Reading to Kensington Palace

Great Shared Reading doesn’t need much in the way of surroundings: some people in a space, with chairs to sit on, a story or a poem to read. But over the last 12 months, some of our volunteers at The Reader have had the opportunity to run Shared Reading groups in the beautiful surroundings of Kensington Palace in London.

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The Reader join Radio City Talk’s Mental Health Marathon on Blue Monday

This Monday, The Reader will join Radio City’s Mental Health Marathon to challenge the stigma and get the city talking openly about mental health on Blue Monday, officially “the most depressing day of the year.”

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