Sharing literature at Latitude Festival

Last month The Reader Organisation hit the summer festival circuit as we took a trip to Suffolk for Latitude.

After a road trip covering quite a number of miles (most coming from the journey between Liverpool and Suffolk for our Comms team), we arrived at the festival site to set up home at the Shed of Stories, a haven in Henham Park:

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Over four days, festivalgoers could escape for some peace and quiet and a good dose of great literature as Lois, our South London Project Coordinator, read a selection of stories and poems aloud in special shared reading sessions on the theme of ‘Secrets, Lies and Surveillance’.

Take a peek inside…

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Amongst colourful mats and comfy Latitude cushions, our readers cosied up and enjoyed the texts that were on offer throughout the day – as well as enjoying some tea and biscuits.

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It was great to be able to bring shared reading to a new audience at Latitude, with the Shed of Stories proving a resounding success. Whether staying for a few minutes or nearer to an hour, it was wonderful to be able to offer some pure escapism to those at the festival, and we’d love to be able to make shared reading a fixture for all festivals in future!

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Our friends at City of Readers also got in on the festival action recently, bringing the best beach reads to the Liverpool International Music Festival at Sefton Park over the bank holiday weekend. Reading and festivals – clearly the perfect combination.

See what we’ve got coming up this Autumn on the Events section of our website:

A Little, Aloud for Children at Just So Festival

just so festival logoA Little, Aloud for Children will be going on an adventure this summer to the wild woodlands of Cheshire, where we’ll be Telling Tales tucked away in the heart of the forest…

The Reader Organisation will be heading down to the Just So Festival 2013 on Saturday 17th August and we’ll be sharing stories from A Little, Aloud for Children in special family storytelling sessions throughout the day.

ALittleAloud for Children cover onlineJust So Festival is a weekend-long festival aimed at children, young people and their families, promising three jam-packed days full of imagination, magic and fun. The natural environment of the festival allows kids to experience the arts freely and safely, while there’s lots for adults to enjoy too. Over the three days, the festival will feature a broad range of musical, theatrical, visual and aural performances, workshops and installations, with creativity around every corner of the campsite for families to discover and delight in.

On Saturday 17th, we’ll be in the ‘Telling Tales’ area of the festival campsite reading A Little, Aloud for Children to little and big kids alike. Come and find us for a magical adventure!

For more information about the festival, ticketing and full line-up, see the Just So Festival website. You can also keep up with what’s happening in the run-up to the festival on Just So’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


You can also now buy your copy of A Little, Aloud for Children on The Reader Organisation’s new look website. Haven’t got yours yet? What are you waiting for? Head to our Anthologies section to snap one up – and don’t forget to come back to the blog to tell us what you thought!