The Reading Revolution in North Wales

We’re delighted to say that shared reading is spreading even further across the UK – new projects are getting underway in South London and shortly, in Wiltshire – and The Reader Organisation is settling into one of its new bases in North Wales, where we’ve been working on our Big Lottery Wales funded project to develop Get Into Reading across the region. Since this September, the first of our shared reading groups have been running in North Wales, in both English and Welsh speaking groups. They’re heading up the Reading Revolution in North Wales, and within 3 years we will establish over 30 groups assisted by over 70 volunteers.

Each week we’re reading with people of all ages across North Wales, offering great literature read aloud to adults and children. One of our weekly groups is in Colwyn Bay Library, where we recently took part in Welsh Libraries ‘Get Reading, Get Better, Get Libraries’ event. Take a look at how our shared reading taster session at the library helped people at Colwyn Bay to feel better for a morning:


If you’re in North Wales, then you can enjoy some shared reading on a weekly basis with our Llais a Llfyr/Make Friends With A Book groups in libraries across Wales, including Colwyn Bay Library (Thursdays, 3.30-5pm), Buckley Library (Mondays, 12.30-2pm) and Rhyl Library (Thursdays, 1.30-3pm), where in recent weeks we’ve been enjoying stories including The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Nightingale by Tobias Woolf and something spooky by Bram Stoker (during a rather windswept and watery day…!).

All groups are free to attend, and you can enjoy a story and some poems with good company, biscuits and tea. One of our group members in Rhyl has already been noticing the benefits of shared reading as a highlight of her week, saying:

“It’s a hiatus of calm in my day”

Take a look at the days and times of all the Make Friends With A Book groups that are currently running on our Reading With Us group map:

You can find out more about our North Wales project on our website, by liking The Reader Organisation North Wales on Facebook or giving a follow on Twitter: @TheReaderNWales

Make Friends with a Book in North Wales

waleslogoIn October last year, The Reader Organisation received over £236,000 from Big Lottery Wales to take shared reading into the fourth corner of the UK. Our specially recruited North Wales team have been hard at work preparing and now we’re excited to say that the Reading Revolution is coming to life in North Wales.

Over the next three years, we’re developing a shared reading project across the region, establishing over 30 groups in a variety of settings throughout the community for people of all ages and in both English and Welsh. The Make Friends with a Book project begins in September with the first shared reading groups running weekly in libraries in Holywell, Llanberis, Llanrwst and Penrhyn. In the coming months there will be more groups set up across North Wales, so if you’re in the area keep your eyes peeled…

Cup of tea and a storyHowever, if you’re aged 11-13 and live in Bangor you don’t have to wait to start sharing reading as there’s a group running just for you each Monday afternoon, 4.45-6pm in Bangor Library. Round off your summer with some great stories – and once school is in again, the group keeps going so there’s no need to miss out.

The new Make Friends with a Book groups in North Wales are as follows:

  • Holywell Library, Flintshire – Mondays, 12-1.15pm from 2nd September 2013
  • Llanberis Library, Llanberis  – Mondays, 3-4.30pm (after school group for children aged 7-11) from 16th September 2013 (NB: This group will be through the medium of Welsh)
  • Llanrwst Library, Gwynedd – Mondays, 3.30-5pm from 16th September 2013
  • Penrhyn Bay Library, Penrhyn Bay – Thursdays, 10-11.30am from 19th September 2013
  • Rhyl Library, Rhyl – Thursdays, 1.30-3pm from 17th October 2013
  • Bangor Library – Mondays, 4.45-6pm (for children aged 11-13)

Our North Wales team will also be at this year’s Gladfest at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, running shared reading taster sessions for 6-10 year olds on Saturday 7th September at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

You can find out more about our project in North Wales on our website, and head to our Reading With Us group map for updates on community groups in the area.