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The Spark Series: Great literature, good company

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The Reader is delighted to announce a new programme of one-day literary courses designed to connect people and great books. 

Building on our Shared Reading groups, these day-long workshops will offer readers an opportunity to delve deeper into varied themes and selected texts, exploring great literature in good company. Each session has been devised by a different member of The Reader's Learning Team, incorporating the stories and poems which have inspired their work and their personal reading. 

"These new workshops are a fantastic opportunity for our group members, volunteers and for people completely new to The Reader, to come together and explore great literature. Like everything we do, the focus is on enjoying literature and feeling connected, but these workshops also involve reading with purpose and challenging ourselves as readers." 

Sophie Clarke, Associate Director of Learning 

These monthly one-day courses will focus on different themes or subjects, drawing on the works of authors from across the ages, from William Shakespeare to Jeanette WintersonMargaret Atwood to George Herbert. 

Whether Shared Reading is already a part of your weekly routine or you're discovering The Reader for the first time, The Spark Series is a fantastic opportunity to challenge yourself and enjoy a day immersed in great literature. 

The Reader's new one-day courses will be available in Merseyside and London with a limited number of concession places available for Reader members. 

For details of upcoming one-day literary courses as part of The Spark Series:

The Spark Series

Thursday 18 May 

Birkenhead Central Library, Borough Rd, Birkenhead CH41 2XB

Cost: £35 / £15 concessions (a limited number of concessions are available for Reader members, group members, volunteers, retired, student and unemployed, these will be granted on a first come, first serve basis) 

Join us at The Reader for the day as we venture together into the Forest of Arden. Whether you've read some Shakespeare before and you want the chance to exercise that reading muscle again, or you're completely new to the world of As You Like It, we'll overcome our hesitation and nerves together as we tread at our own pace through specially selected extracts from the play. Come ready for a refresher and a confidence boost: it's Shakespeare as you may not have experienced it before! 

If you'd like a taste of the play before the day, you might try having a watch of the BBC's 1978 version starring Helen Mirren, or even have a listen to an audio version on YouTube. But no advance reading is required, and everything you need will be provided in the session. We look forward to meeting you! 

Thursday 15 June 

The Cunard Building, Brunswick Street, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1ES 

Cost: £35 / £15 concessions (a limited number of concessions are available for Reader members, group members, volunteers, retired, student and unemployed, these will be granted on a first come, first serve basis) 

Good mental health depends on knowing that life has an inside as well as an outside, writes Jeanette Winterson. Join Jane Davis, The Reader’s Founder and Director, to read and explore Winterson’s ‘Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?’ along with some selected poetry by George Herbert. 

 

For further information and to book your place, please contact learning@thereader.org.uk or call 0151 729 2200. 

 

 

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