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
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 …
Continue reading “A Reader Postcard from Somerset”
Earlier this month we were delighted to welcome Kate Middleton (no, not that one!) back to our Liverpool HQ. Kate founded and leads an exciting Shared Reading project called The Reading Revolution in New Zealand.
Continue reading “The International Reading Revolution: Shared Reading in New Zealand”
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.
Continue reading “First steps with First Page in the North West”
In our second Group of the Month, we’re shining the spotlight on HMP Whitemoor, where The Reader’s Brendan Harrington runs a weekly group with inmates and staff.
Continue reading “Exploring Ozymandias in HMP Whitemoor”
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.
Continue reading “Pain Relief through Shared Reading”
The Reader celebrates World Book Night with a Shared Reading group giveaway of Jo Bell’s Kith.
Continue reading “The Reader celebrates World Book Night 2018”
Great Shared Reading doesn’t need much in the way of surroundings: some people in a space, with chairs to sit on, a story or a poem to read. But over the last 12 months, some of our volunteers at The Reader have had the opportunity to run Shared Reading groups in the beautiful surroundings of Kensington Palace in London.
Continue reading “Bringing Shared Reading to Kensington Palace”
This Monday, The Reader will join Radio City’s Mental Health Marathon to challenge the stigma and get the city talking openly about mental health on Blue Monday, officially “the most depressing day of the year.”
Continue reading “The Reader join Radio City Talk’s Mental Health Marathon on Blue Monday”
As we countdown to the launch of The Reader’s Big Give Christmas Challenge, we’ve been catching up with three of the volunteers trained as a result of last year’s successful, award-winning campaign.
Continue reading “Read to Lead: Three Christmas Challenge Volunteers start their Reader Journeys”