I started going to the reading group in the autumn last year. Two friends had mentioned it; I was feeling a bit low and they told me to pop down. I thought about it for a few months before I plucked up the courage to come – it was quite a long process for me because I suffer with mild depression and anxiety.Continue reading ““No pressure, just pleasure – I instantly relaxed” – Nim’s Reader Story”
Kathy sent herself across the world last summer to take up The Reader’s Read to Lead training at our Liverpool HQ – perhaps just about the only thing you can’t get in California.Continue reading “Shared Reading is giving young boys in a California juvenile hall ‘a place to be together’”
The Reader has trained people to Read to Lead all over the world and already has Shared Reading communities from Sweden to New Zealand.
We haven’t yet made the stride across the channel to our nearest neighbour – or we didn’t think we had – until we learned that one former London-based Reader Leader has packed up her handbook and taken the practice there herself.
Alice Colquhoun completed her Read to Lead training in October 2016 and ran two Shared Reading groups in London with a year in a centre for homeless people and a ten-week project reading scripts at the Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush.
She said: “It was really magical. It really made me feel part of London.”
But when her partner took a job in Grenoble, France, and while she was finishing her doctorate, she needed to make the move and leave her groups behind.
“I actually considered flying back each week just to carry on!” she laughs.
We’re remembering Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Reader favourite Mary Oliver, who died aged 83 last week.
Hampshire Cultural Trust is working with The Reader as part of its plans to provide a programme of cultural engagement opportunities that directly respond to the needs of its local community.
Earlier this year we launched an exciting new project that would significantly improve the life chances of children living across the North West by building a culture of reading for pleasure that will empower them for life. Kara shares an update from First Page.
A Californian study has suggested that a trip to an art gallery can provide pain relief. The Reader’s Kate McDonnell, who leads a Shared Reading group for people living with chronic pain, understands why.
This weekend Liverpool will be awash with colour as the annual Liverpool Pride celebrations bring the city to life and we’ll be joining the Sundae Funday at The Bluecoat.
A letter from Deborah, our recently departed Reading Resources Intern, who has shared her experiences with The Reader.
Wrapping up our National Volunteers’ Week Reader Stories, Melanie shares her experiences on volunteering as Reader Leader: