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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“Something creative and unpredictable within what was otherwise a very controlled environment”: Shared Reading in Secure Mental Healthcare

Fiona Magee, research assistant based at CRILS – Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society – and Reader Leader in Criminal Justice settings, tells us about the latest presentation of research from The Reader and University of Liverpool.

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Belfast organiser launches first Shared Reading Space outside England – in a place designed for building a ‘peaceful, tolerant and inclusive society’

Marnie Kennedy tells us about the launch of a new Shared Reading Space in Belfast at the Duncairn Centre

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Translating Shared Reading into Portuguese with a visit to Brazil

By Chris Lynn, Learning and Quality Leader

Olá Readers!

Last month, I represented The Reader at a new social intervention event at the University of São Paulo, as well as supporting The Danish Reading Society Laeseforeningen on a course for new Readers in Brazil.

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“No pressure, just pleasure – I instantly relaxed” – Nim’s Reader Story

I started going to the reading group in the autumn last year. Two friends had mentioned it; I was feeling a bit low and they told me to pop down. I thought about it for a few months before I plucked up the courage to come – it was quite a long process for me because I suffer with mild depression and anxiety.

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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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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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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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