2013 at The Reader Organisation: A Year in Review Part 1

Calderstones Mansion House c Dave JonesIt’s been another remarkable year for the reading revolution and certainly one to remember as we began to set up home in our latest base, Calderstones Mansion House. So much has happened in the space of 12 months it’s almost hard to believe there has been time to fit everything in, so here’s the Reader Review of the first six months of 2013. More to follow tomorrow…

January

The year got off to an incredible start as TRO was awarded preferred bidder status for Calderstones Mansion House, Coach House and Stable Yard at Calderstones Park, Liverpool. Our vision for Calderstones is a community for everyone with reading at its heart, and we’re already building up the foundations of the future International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing at Calderstones with our shared reading and community event activity.

Scans of brain activity show intense electrical activity when reading challenging literature
Scans of brain activity show intense electrical activity when reading challenging literature

The work of the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems (CRILS) attracted global attention with research headed by Professor Phil Davis finding that reading serious literature ‘acts like a rocket-booster to the brain’, and Read to Lead moved further afield with its first Belgian course. Reading aloud was also signified as the latest trend in an article in the Observer, which mentioned the work of TRO.

February

There was more press coverage of shared reading, this time in The Guardian as journalist Lynsey Hanley spoke about our work alongside her own experiences of finding support in fiction.

A very regal twist took place as we brought Read to Lead to Kensington Palace. Shared reading for the Queen? It could happen one day…

March

Eamee's awardThe Flemish reading revolution continued as Jane appeared at the Mind The Book festival in Antwerp, and one of our Wirral Apprentices Eamee was shortlisted for the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards, making it through a competitive shortlist to the final three for the Wirral region. Congratulations Eamee!

Elsewhere we celebrated World Read Aloud Day doing what we do best – need we say any more?

April

G31A6964After a good old tidy and the placing of some Readerly touches – including lots of cake – we opened the doors to Calderstones Mansion House for two public open days, inviting people to Connect With Us at Calderstones. We were expecting a few hundred – an amazing 1,200 people came to the Mansion House and shared their hopes, dreams and memories with us.

Our very first Shared Reading Practitioner Day happened in Liverpool, bringing qualified shared reading practitioners from across the UK together for a day of thinking, learning and, of course, reading, and we were delighted to be part of the wonderful World Book Night celebrations both as a book giver and at the Liverpool flagship event at St George’s Hall.

May

Jane and Andy 2 72dpiShared Reading for Healthy Communities, The Reader Organisation’s fourth annual conference took place in London, for a day full of considering how shared reading can contribute to building stronger, healthier and more connected communities. We welcomed our largest number of delegates to date to The British Library for a varied range of seminars and enlightening contributions from Andy Burnham MP, Professor Louis Appleby, Alan Yates and some of our shared reading group members.

There was more exciting development news as TRO was selected as one of the thirty winners of the Big Venture Challenge 2013 and teamed up with the Verbal Arts Centre in Northern Ireland, and our Reading in Secure Environments (RISE) project continued in Liverpool with visits from award winning poets John Burnside and Rita Ann Higgins.

Our first shared reading groups also got underway at Calderstones Mansion House.

June

Issue 50 cover online versionIt was a celebratory month as the beautiful, bumper 50th issue of The Reader magazine came off the press. Wishing us a happy birthday with new content were David Constantine, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Blake Morrison and Les Murray amongst many others, and we also delved into the Reader archives for a selection of gems from the previous issues. The issue received international acclaim, being called ‘magnificently rich‘ by American review website New Pages.

Jane was shortlisted alongside another inspirational Liverpool woman, Josephine Butler, at the Addidi Inspiration Awards, we brought RISE to London and Reading and read for wellbeing at the Southbank Centre, and as an organisation TRO received the PQASSO Level 1 Quality Mark.

Come back tomorrow for our Reader Review of 2013 Part 2: July-December.

‘Magnificently rich’: The Reader reviewed

Issue 50 cover online versionAfter its release in the summer, we’re still celebrating the landmark 50th issue of The Reader magazine thanks to a review from American review and resource website New Pages. Based in Michigan, New Pages provides news, information and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers and bookstores, alternative newsweeklies and much more, describing itself as the ‘Portal of Independents’ spanning across the world of arts, publishing and libraries.

Our bumper Issue 50 has been reviewed in their latest round-up of literary magazines (dated November 15th), standing alongside publications such as The Asian American Literary Review and The Gettysburg Review. The issue was praised for its historic pieces of literature and items from the archive alongside new offerings where ‘new ideas sparkle under the crystalline canon.’ Despite some UK-centric articles needing a little more translation, the rich and varied literary content within crosses the divide, as reviewer Mary Florio states:

The ideas cross the ocean with a stunning virtuosity; it is a prized volume to be read again and again.

Cited as particular highlights are Godfather of The Reader Organisation and co-editor Brian Nellist’s essay ‘People Don’t Read Scott Any More’, originally published in the very first issue of The Reader in 1997 and republished in Issue 50 as a gem from The Reader archive, and Dr Rowan Williams’ poem Tolstoy at Astapovo, which ‘glows on the page with a kind of phosphoric rhythm’. The review finishes with a succinct appreciation of the publication:

Take it sentence by sentence. The journal is magnificently rich and does not “dumb down” literary engagement. And for all the promise of reward, it delivers.

You can read New Pages review of Issue 50 of The Reader in full here.

Issue 52 of The Reader will be arriving shortly, offering an antidote to the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle. Highlights include:

  • Poetry from John Burnside, Michael Schmidt, Carol Rumens, Jodie Hollander and Martyn Halsall
  • Exciting and striking new fiction from Jennifer O’Hagan and Gregory Heath
  • We are treated to Five Helpings of  George Herbert from distinguished guests including John Scrivener and David Constantine
  • The late Seamus Heaney is celebrated in two essays by Iona Heath and Carol Rumens
  • Iraq War veteran and author of the acclaimed novel The Yellow Birds Kevin Powers is interviewed by Drummond Moir

Discover the reward of great literature for yourself – issue 50 of The Reader can be purchased on our website, alongside issues from the back catalogue. Readers in the UK and abroad can also subscribe to receive a year’s worth of copies – four issues over 12 months. The perfect Christmas present for literature enthusiasts – buy your subscription for someone today: http://www.thereader.org.uk/magazine.aspx

Get Into Reading: Reducing Implicit Prejudice

Four women talk about The Unforgotten Coat outdoorsThis week, we were pointed towards a rather insightful article about a piece of psychological research by one of our partners in Belgium, Dirk Terryn. Dirk has been part of our ongoing work in developing a shared reading partnership with the city of Antwerp and the wider region of Flanders, led by the city council’s education service, which has played a huge role in taking the work of The Reader Organisation to an international level.

The research, which was carried out by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and published in their journal Psychological Science, focused on the prevalence and tendency of implicit prejudice; particularly across different cultures and ethnicities. The article (which can be read here) describes how this sort of prejudice is often caused by a lack of knowledge or lack of understanding about a particular (or indeed, several) culture(s), and how the APS research showed that increased connection and exposure to members of a cultural group is likely to decrease our prejudice towards it.

More specifically though, the research showed that even a brief opportunity to take part in another’s culture can vastly improve intergroup attitudes, even months down the line. Cues for participation or connection as small or insignificant as, for example, a shared birthday, have been shown to bring people together, eventually even leading them to share common goals and motivations.

In a way, this is what The Reader Organisation is trying to achieve through Get Into Reading, our shared reading scheme that takes place in a variety of settings throughout the country, every day and every week. The bringing together of people from various backgrounds and walks of life to sit within a small group of about 5 – 8 people is what, first of all, creates an opening; an opportunity for communication and social connection between those very people.

After that, the various perceptions and meanings that are often steadily teased out from the text which the group may be reading is the second step. This is essentially the creating and strengthening of shared meanings, often across social and cultural boundaries , which is what Get Into Reading is all about. Members of a group can and often do find that they have things in common, which inevitably leads to social relationships being forged outside of the group. And over longer periods of time, many begin to share personal feelings or anecdotes that are unwittingly brought to the surface by the nature of the various texts.

The researchers at APS do note, however, that the positive effects of the study are very much dependent on people feeling that they have “freely chosen to participate and engage in cultural activities”. Making people feel obligated to take part can, therefore, reduce these benefits and even possibly have an adverse effect.

Group members are not encouraged to participate in Get Into Reading groups with the aim or motive to improve their understanding of another’s culture. Reasons for attendance at a GIR group will obviously vary massively for many people, being highly dependable on the setting, nature and purpose of the group; not to mention the personal reasons of the readers themselves. But multicultural interaction does take place regularly across GIR groups, and is without a doubt one of the most valued benefits.

Just take this view from a London-based reader who moved to the UK from Madrid and decided to participate in a GIR group to familiarise herself with British culture and have more opportunity to practice her English. She said:

It’s nice to arrive and be greeted with such kindness. The reading of fragments that are then discussed at a not-too-big a table with a cup of tea in hand creates an intimate atmosphere conducive to sharing impressions, feelings and experiences. Our coordinator, Val (also Penny and others), plays a key role as she keeps the cadence, encourages us to talk, touches points to develop and contributes, like the others, with her personal experiences that enrich the conversation. Val’s high intelligence, skills and sensitivity make it a particularly pleasant and interesting experience.

My group has been very generous to me and Val and the other members take the time to explain to me what I might miss because English is not my native language, because I did not grow up here, or for whatever reason. The time shared has favoured the development of personal relationships and more than once I have found myself sharing concerns as well as good and bad personal news.

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We may perhaps say then that multicultural interaction is a secondary outcome, or ‘byproduct’ of Get Into Reading…it strives to improve connections amongst people within communities, which may or not include those from contrasting social and cultural backgrounds. This is the beauty of Get Into Reading – the fact that no two groups are ever the same in their composition, and the fact that new and unforeseen outcomes are making themselves known all the time.

Reducing implicit cultural prejudice may just be another of these many wonderful outcomes. While it is perhaps not always the aim, it is certainly always most welcome.

Reading Around The World

Photo by George Henton/Al Jazeera
Photo by George Henton/Al Jazeera

Our Reading Revolution has started to go global, and it’s time to round off the week in reading with a couple of reading related stories from around the world.

In Turkey, a real Reading Revolution is emerging amidst scenes of unrest – the Taksim Square Book Club has formed, thanks to the example of the ‘Standing Man’ a.k.a. Turkish performance artist Erdem Gunduz, who stood silently, hands in pockets, for eight hours. People have taken this stance and merged it with the reading and informational activities active since the earliest days of the Taksim Square protests to adopt a new form of reading resistance. The book choices  – including Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell, Leaf Storm by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Myth of Sisyphus by French author Albert Camus – reflect the feelings and attitudes of those protesting, coming as a great show of quiet contemplation coupled with social awareness and a desire to change.

Read more and see pictures from the Taksim Square Book Club on Book Patrol and Al Jazeera.

BiblioburroOver in Colombia, schoolteacher Luis Soriano has become a reading hero, along with his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto. Together they make up the Biblioburro – a travelling library which brings books far and wide, into some of the poorest rural villages of the Magdalena Department. Biblioburro has been operating since 1990, when Luis was inspired to set it up after witnessing the power literature had on his students, many who had experienced conflict at an early age. Starting with 70 books, Biblioburro now has a selection of 4,200 titles, housed in a free library that Luis and his wife Diana built next to their home. Only three volumes have gone missing from Bibiloburro in all this time – and it continues to receive donations from all four corners of the world.

Find out more about Biblioburro – if you speak Spanish! – on the Biblioburro Facebook page.

Do you know of any other incredible literature projects from around the world? We’d love to hear about them – leave a comment, Tweet or Facebook us.

Get ready for World Read Aloud Day 2013

litworldwrad13badgeThere’s just over a week to go until World Read Aloud Day 2013, a day to truly celebrate everything about reading and reading aloud. As advocates of reading aloud – a special act that really does make a difference in many ways – The Reader Organisation is proud to support World Read Aloud Day 2013 alongside its founders LitWorld. Once more, we’re getting involved with World Read Aloud Day by being a WRADvocate Partner, and we’re honoured to help spread the word about reading aloud not just for one day, but all year round.

The theme of this year’s World Read Aloud Day, held on Wednesday 6th March, is ‘Read It Forward’, and readers around the world are being encouraged to do exactly that, reading stories and poems aloud with loved ones, family members, friends and colleagues for their own enjoyment, and also on behalf of the 793 million people worldwide who cannot read. All you need to take part in World Read Aloud Day is a favourite book or poem which you can read aloud with pride, and Read It Forward to those closest to you. There’s bound to be tons of those amongst all of you – why not let us know what you’ll be choosing to read this World Read Aloud Day?

Through Get Into Reading and other projects, we’re reading aloud with hundreds of people each week, letting many find their voices through a range of texts and discovering the true pleasures of reading aloud. Reading aloud lets us share our love of reading, and makes stories grow within readers themselves, as our group members have found to their own amazement:

‘When you hear the voices, I like how you can tell what they’re really feeling.’

‘The story being read out loud means that you don’t miss anything, it makes everything alive in the room.’

“It boosts your confidence, reading out loud. You get more confidence. I think we have.”

We’ll certainly be reading aloud this World Read Aloud Day, and hope you will too!

Reading with EAL Learners

By Bev Laroc, TRO Project Worker

The Reader Organisation have been working in partnership with Liverpool City Council EMTAS department (The Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service)  for a number of years. For two hours every week the young learners attend a Get Into Reading session at Toxteth Library, Liverpool, with a number of project workers, a member of council staff and volunteers reading on a one to one basis. This has proved very beneficial to the learners, staff and volunteers. It has shown me how much we take language for granted and how using the Get Into Reading model assists learning and appreciation of the books that we read together.

Glynis Jackson from Liverpool City Council has recently conducted a report: ‘Evaluating the learning preferences of EAL (English as Additional Language) learners’ which shows what an impact these Get Into Reading sessions have on the young people. She states in her report that:

“Conversations about the stories/text have shown Student 4 to become animated in discussing the plot, characters and main events. The generic questions about the stories have prepared her for the next story and what kind of things the reader should expect to meet in the story. Her rapid progression in her reading skills has spilled into developing her writing skills. In addition, Student 4 has blossomed socially, becoming a confident and popular member of the group. Her overall confidence and ‘joie de vie’ is apparent to all her tutors.”

What more can be said about the effects that Get Into Reading can have on a young person! Not only has this student’s reading and writing improved, but so has her confidence and social skills. Glynis goes on to state in her report that:

“The reading intervention sessions have had a dramatic effect on both Student 2’s focus and punctuality. This learner has arrived for every intervention session on time! She has developed a positive relationship with her volunteer support reader, and becomes totally absorbed in the reading process. Her mispronunciation of words does not seem to faze her in the least, in fact, she laughs about it as though it’s all part of the fun. This means that Student 2 is likely to develop her English language skills due to her lack of self-consciousness; that is, she is not afraid to take risks with the language.”

The extract below shows how the Get Into Reading model of reading and discussion has helped another student:

“Student 7 chose reading books for herself that were the appropriate level and topic area. Allowing this student the freedom to do so, gave her the responsibility of choosing a story that would engage her. The responsibility for her own learning material changed Student 7’s attitude to reading. An additional strategy included the volunteer encouraging the development of discussions around the subject, as well as stopping and checking comprehension.”

Below are some examples of the young reader’s responses to the last evaluation:

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What have you most enjoyed about your learning programme so far?     MRL_5280
I enjoy reading the most with a helper.

In which way do you think you learn English best?
Reading in the library with a helper

B

What have you enjoyed most about your learning programme so far?
I have enjoyed the reading class the most because I couldn’t read when I started but now I can read.

In which way to do you think you learn English best?
I learn best being in the library with my teacher.

 

As these small extracts show the impact of one-to-one Get Into Reading on young learners is a great one. Long may the important relationship between The Reader Organisation and the EMTAS department continue and grow.

High Impact Literature

high impactFollowing The Reader Organisation’s trip to Antwerp, we’re taking a second visit to the Dutch-speaking world today via High Impact: Literature from the Low Countries.

This unique tour featured 6 events over 6 days in 6 UK cities, with 6 of the best and brightest Dutch Language writers reading and discussing literature. Organised by journalist Rosie Goldsmith in collaboration with the Dutch Embassy and Flanders House, the tour visited Oxford, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, and Norwich, before ending with a gala in London last Friday.

Some of us at The Reader Organisation were lucky enough to see the Low Countries Literati at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool and came away inspired:

“I thought Rosie’s Goldsmith’s passion for bringing the best literature from in translation to a wider audience was evident, as was her own connection with the books she was talking about.

The evening certainly made an ‘impact’ on me, which I think was perhaps a combination of its unusual nature, the range of writers it presented, the breadth of their coverage and the honest and compelling manner they spoke about their work, in a way which was by turns both moving and entertaining.” Ellen Perry, Development Assistant

The writers came on stage in pairs to discuss their work and influences, and the issues this raised. The nature of Dutch society was the topic of conversation for the first pairing, Herman Koch, comic actor turned novelist, and Ramsey Nasr, the Dutch poet laureate. Koch’s bestseller, The Dinner, has been described as a “middle class horror story” as it centres the disintegration of a meeting between two couples attempting to deal with an outrage committed by their sons, and he posed the question as to whether the Dutch were losing their famed tolerance, or whether it had ever existed in the first place. This idealised heritage was also questioned by Nasr in the light of the cuts faced by the arts in a region which is very proud of the culture of its past, but apparently unwilling to support the culture of its present.

On stage in Liverpool c.High Impact Tour
On stage in Liverpool c.High Impact Tour

Appropriately, given their venue in the home of the Beatles, both Nasr and Koch cited music as a key source of inspiration. Nasr waxed lyrical about music as one of the highest forms of art, unhindered by any obstacles of language or understanding, something poetry is able to match by bringing language to life and imbuing it with a musical quality. This idea of removing linguistic and cultural barriers was later echoed by the graphic novelist Judith Vanistendael in relation to the direct visual power of images to speak to any audience; the moving pages she shared from her most recent publication, When David Lost his Voice, and Nasr’s rendition of one of his poems in the original Dutch, were certainly testament to this.

The evening moved beyond the boundaries of the Low Countries with Lieve Joris and Chika Ungiwe, women who write with an emphatically

global perspective. Joris, a distinguished writer of travel literature, uses the lives of real people to tell the story of an entire nation. She shared with the audience her experience of spending a year with the Malinese singer Kar Kar, drawing out his personal tale of success and tragedy to form a story which epitomised the struggles of his people in Mali Blues. Unigwe, a Nigerian born Belgian resident who has previously written successful novels about the lives of African women both at home and in Europe, took the brave step of reading an extract from her brand new manuscript based on the life of Olaudah Equiano, the eighteenth century African writer who played a prominent role in the abolition of the British slave trade. This marks a new direction for Unigwe and her courage paid off, as the audience responded warmly to her depiction of Equiano’s conflicted feelings about loving a woman whose white skin symbolised the pain and suffering of his past.

The sheer diversity of the conversation and the speakers, from prize-winning novelist Peter Terrin’s love for the manual act of writing on a typewriter, to the inclusion of often ignored graphic novels in a literature event, made for a truly compelling and thought-provoking evening. There is an entire world full of great writers and great literature, both in their native languages and in translation, which we in Britain rarely consider in our reading habits, much to our loss.

All the authors featured on the tour have books available in English and you can find out more about them on the High Impact website. If you’re in Liverpool, News from Nowhere on Bold Street have a display of the translated High Impact Literature – why not pop down and start broadening your reading horizons?

Gelukkig NieuwJaar Antwerp!

Amanda and Casi were delighted to put the new year off to a flying start by running The Reader Organisation’s first Read to Lead course in Antwerp.

Antwerp group with Casi & Amanda

Coordinated by the city council, the course brought together a group of thirteen local librarians, youth workers, educationalists and volunteers to learn how to establish and lead shared reading groups, inspired by the success of Get Into Reading. We’re hoping that this will be the beginning of a fruitful partnership with both the city and the wider region of Flanders.

Inne Peeteks, who attended the course, had this to say:

The best (thing) about Read to Lead? Everything. I’m inspired, motivated and amazed by the methodology of shared reading.

Read to Lead is The Reader Organisation’s revolutionary training course which exists to cultivate the practice of shared reading, equipping attendees with the skills and understanding to become a shared reading facilitator. We deliver the course both within organisations and through open courses across the UK and beyond.

Interested? Visit our website to find out more about Read to Lead and our upcoming courses.

Calderstones Mansion House

The Reader Organisation is delighted to announce that we have been awarded ‘preferred bidder status’ for Calderstones Mansion House, in Calderstones Park, by Liverpool City Council.

Cslderstones Mansion House (c.Dave Jones)
Calderstones Mansion House (c.Dave Jones)

We will transform the Mansion House, Coach House and Stable Yard into an International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing at Calderstones, working with three key local partners, Mersey Care NHS Trust, Plus Dane Group and the University of Liverpool’s CRILS (Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems).Jane Davis, our founder and director, explains:

Our vision for Calderstones is a community for everyone, with reading at its heart. We will ask people what they want and need and then connect them with it.  We think that at Calderstones we have the perfect location to make this a regeneration success story for our city.

The restored buildings will create a beautiful facility for local people, yet at the same time connect us to international visitors.

At Calderstones we will all connect.

We share Liverpool City Council’s vision of Liverpool being ‘equal, well and green’ by 2020. Our proposal respects the heritage of the beautiful Grade II status buildings, the character of the surrounding Calderstones Park and the views of local people, whilst creating a sustainable social enterprise that will change people’s lives.

With reading firmly at its heart, we will:

  • Hugely improve the offer to park users with a superb bistro, conference, events and training facilities, gardens, gallery and shop;
  • Establish an international hub for shared reading practice, training and academic research;
  • Support local community groups and community entrepreneurs through the provision of meeting rooms, activities and workshop studios;
  • Reach some of the most vulnerable people in our society, creating aspiration and opportunities for personal development;
  • Create jobs and provide volunteering, mentoring, apprenticeship and employment opportunities to service users and local graduates;
  • Consult the local community on their views and ideas.

Liverpool Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for Regeneration said today:

I’m delighted that we have appointed The Reader Organisation to take over the Mansion House. They are a strong organisation with an excellent track record of growing their charity year-on-year.

There was a good deal of interest in the building, and we considered all the proposals carefully. We chose The Reader Organisation because we were impressed by what was a very strong bid. They have some fantastic ideas which we believe will not only bring the building back into use in a meaningful way but will help protect its future.

Davis and Kennedy
Jane and Cllr Kennedy

Here at The Reader Organisation, we have substantial experience of successfully creating new products and managing projects. Since 2008, we’ve more than doubled the income generated by our social enterprise activity, increased our staff numbers by over 200%, and increased our Get Into Reading provision by nearly 300%.

We’re now rolling our sleeves up to enter a six month planning period with our partners and consultants, Cass Associates (architects) and Pulse Regeneration, before taking up residency in Calderstones this coming August; we will also be keeping our current home in West Everton. Development of the full International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing will take place in phases and is expected to be completed in December 2015.

We’re thrilled about this local, national, and international opportunity to share reading and connect with communities in Liverpool and beyond. You can follow our progress right here on the blog as we continue to build the Reading Revolution!

 

High Impact: Literature from the Low Countries

High Impact: Literature from the Low Countries
Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

6.30pm, Wednesday 16th January 2013

‘6 Authors, 6 Cities, 6 Days’

high impactSix of the top writers from the Low Countries are coming to the UK next week for an unusual literary tour – they will be visiting six cities in six days, showcasing some of the best-selling prize winning literature from Flanders and the Netherlands in English translation. The authors will be performing together for the first time, providing the opportunity to discover exciting new writing and ideas from some of the most talented Dutch language storytellers.

The ‘Low Countries Literati’ include: Ramsey Nasr, the Dutch Poet Laureate; Peter Terrin, 2012 winner of the AKO Literature prize; graphic novelist Judith Vanistendael; historian and essayist Geert Mak; Chika Unigwe, Nigerian-born poet; Herman Koch, author of The Dinner; and travel writer Lieve Joris.

Beginning in Oxford on Monday 14th January, the tour visits Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield and Norwich, before concluding in London on Saturday 19th, where UK writers Tracy Chevalier, Deborah Moggach and David Mitchell will join their fellow authors for the final gala event.

Tickets are available for the Liverpool event on Wednesday 16th January via the Epstein Theatre box office in Hanover Street, by calling 0844 888 4411, or via the Epstein website.

All Get Into Reading members can purchase tickets for this performance at the concessionary rate of £5 (plus booking fee online/over the phone) by quoting ‘Reader’ when they book.

For  more information about the tour, the authors, and how to purchase tickets for the other tour dates, please visit the High Impact website.