The Reader 69

The time has come round again to whet your appetite for some new reads, and with this quarter’s issue the featured interview takes this theme head on. Buy your copy online now. Continue reading “The Reader 69”

Featured Poem: I started early – Took my Dog – Emily Dickinson

This week’s featured poem I started early – Took my Dog – describes an enchanting and evocative encounter with the Sea by reclusive poet, Emily Dickinson. Continue reading “Featured Poem: I started early – Took my Dog – Emily Dickinson”

Technical Difficulties

“Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.”

Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

You might have noticed that we’re experiencing some technical difficulties with our main website. While we put the important bits back in the right places you can still reach us:


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Featured Poem: Pause by Ursula Bethell

Our Featured Poem this week brings us to the Cashmere Hills of Christchurch, New Zealand with Ursula Bethell’s Pause.

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Recommended Read: A Little Aloud With Love #1

As the world rushes towards Valentines Day in a flurry of reds and pinks and heart shaped balloons we thought we’d pause for thought. Over the next week members of our Reader family will be reflecting on their favourite extracts from the A Little Aloud With Love anthology.

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Feeling it: Reading the emotions of others


Discussions on literature and empathy continue to buzz around The Reader HQ following Obama’s sentiments on reading for empathy, our founder and director Jane Davis reflects on how literature can help us connect with others.

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Featured Poem: Lift Not the Painted Veil by Percy Bysshe Shelley


This week’s Featured Poem comes from Percy Bysshe Shelley. Lift Not the Painted Veil is a popular poem in Shared Reading and here a member of our London team shares her reflections.

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Give A Little Aloud With Love this Valentines


Love loves to love love…’ Has any other subject inspired history’s greatest writers more? As we prepare to celebrate A Little, Aloud with Love‘s first birthday this Valentines Day we’re collating our favourite love quotes from the world’s wordsmiths. 

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