“This is the thing, this truly is the thing,” Jane Davis says in thank you message to Shared Reading North West reading revolutionaries

For the past two years, The Reader has had the immense joy and privilege of working with a growing family of volunteers, local partners and national funders in the North West to test how best to build stronger and healthier communities through Shared Reading.

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A Reader Postcard from Somerset

Earlier this year, we announced the news that there are now over 500 Shared Reading groups running across the UK. Here on the blog, we’ll regularly shine the spotlight on those groups taking place up and down the country each week. Our journey starts in lovely Somerset

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Featured Poem: Patience, Though I Have Not by Sir Thomas Wyatt

The Reader’s Learning and Quality Leader, Tom Young, shares his thoughts on this week’s Featured Poem, Patience, Though I Have Not by Thomas Wyatt.

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On Active Service: The Battalion is Now on Rest by Ivor Gurney

This week we’re sharing a daily poetry reading from our On Active Service 1914-1918 collection as part of our Armistice commemorations. 

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On Active Service: The Send-off by Wilfred Owen

This week we’ll be sharing a daily poetry reading from our On Active Service 1914-1918 collection as part of our Armistice commemorations. 

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On Active Service: A Lark Above the Trenches 1916 by J.W. Streets

This week we’ll be sharing a daily poetry reading from our On Active Service 1914-1918 collection as part of our Armistice commemorations. 

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Featured Poem: May 1916, The Veteran by Margaret Postgate Cole

This week we’ll be sharing a daily poetry reading from our On Active Service 1914-1918 collection as part of our Armistice commemorations. Beginning the week with our usual Featured Poem, Clare reads The Veteran by Margaret Postgate Cole.

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The Scariest Character in Literature?

Halloween is upon us and we’re indulging in some frightful reads with a look back at some of literature’s scariest characters. Reader Volunteer David has been finding out which characters still gives Reader staff the shivers.

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