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.
Read Alice’s story in full
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